Samsung launches 800GB Z-SSD for the most advanced enterprise applications including supercomputing, the firm announced. On Monday, the company unveiled that the product named, the SZ985- an 800-gigabyte (GB) solid state storage drive is their first Z-SSD product.


Samsung’s new SZ985 Z- SSD uses Z-NAND memory, which is an improved flash technology, to provide a high-performance from a 3D NAND flash memory to take on Intel’s 3D XPoint-powered Optane SSDs. The SZ985 is a high-endurance and high-performance enterprise NVMe SSD.

The new product offers five times less latency than of NVMe SSDs and it provides effective storage solution high-speed cache data and logs data processing, according to the company.

The new single port, four-lane Z-SSD comes with Z-NAND chips with 10 times higher cell read performance than 3-bit V-NAND. It also contains a high-performance controller and 1.5GB LPDDR4 DRAM.

Samsung has not revealed more details about how the Z-SSD works, but they have highlighted several key specifications. The first SZ985 Z- SSD has the ability to deliver up to 750k random read IOPS, and write performance at only 170k random write IOPS which is less impressive.

“With our leading-edge 800GB Z-SSD, we expect to contribute significantly to market introductions of next-generation supercomputing systems in the near future, enabling improved IT investment efficiency and exceptional performance,” said, Samsung Electronics’s senior vice president of Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering, Jinman Han.

It offers a guarantee for 30 drive writes per day for five-years.  Samsung will present the Z-SSD SZ985 at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference next month. At the same time, the company will also introduce a 240GB version.