Samsung unveils the world’s largest solid state drive on Tuesday which boasts a whopping 30.72 terabyte (TB) storage space. The company announced that it has largest Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) solid state drive (SSD) – the PM1643.


The new SSD is specifically designed to fulfill the requirements of next-generation enterprise storage systems combining the technology such as 64-layer V-NAND and -bit 512-gigabit chips.

The PM1643 is built with a combination of 32 sticks of 1TB NAND flash packages, each of which comprises 16 stacked layers of 512Gb V-NAND chips. It delivers nearly twice the capacity and performance of the previous generation.

The drive features 12GBps SAS interface with random read and write speeds of up to 400,000 IOPS (Input/output operations per second) and 50,000 IOPS, and sequential read and write speeds of up to 2,100MB/s and 1,700 MB/s, respectively. These specifications are four times the random read performance and three times as fast as the average SATA SSD.

When exactly the new PM1643 will arrive in the market isn’t known, but Samsung plans to expand its range of SAS SSDs later this year, with 15.36TB, 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB and 800GB versions.

The company’s goal is to target various market segments such as financial services, education, pharmaceutical, business services, communications sectors, government, healthcare, oil and gas, social media, and retail.

“With our launch of the 30.72TB SSD, we are once again shattering the enterprise storage capacity barrier, and in the process, opening up new horizons for ultra-high capacity storage systems worldwide,” says Executive Vice President, Memory Sales, and Marketing Team, Samsung Electronics, Jaesoo Han.