Samsung Has Begun Producing SSD That Might Speed Up and Improve the Energy Efficiency of Laptops

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In a stealthy announcement, Samsung divulged that it is already hard at work on the next iteration of solid-state drives (SSDs), which will be known as the PM9C1a. The purpose of the drive, according to the manufacturer, is to “offer increased computing and gaming performance in PCs and laptops” for general use.

With this design philosophy in mind, the PM9C1a will use the tried and reliable PCIe 4.0 (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) extension bus for a more consistent performance. This opens in a new tab (PCIe 5.0 drives are still in the works). The future drive will be “combined with a new controller based on Samsung’s… 5-nanometer process [and] seventh-generation V-NAND technology,” which will be a significant improvement over the previously used standard. If we translate this into simple English, it indicates that the PM9C1a will have improved performance in addition to increased energy efficiency in comparison to its predecessors.

Swiftness as well as productiveness

It is estimated that Samsung’s next drive would have a sequential read speed of 6,000 MB/S (megabytes per second) and a sequential write speed of 5,600 MB/s. This would make it nearly twice as fast as the PM9B1 SSD. The read speed of a hard drive is the rate at which it is able to retrieve previously saved data, while the write speed is the rate at which it is able to “write” or save a file. The Samsung 990 Pro, which received a very good rating from TechRadar, has a sequential read speed of 7,465.79 MB/s and a sequential write speed of 6,887.68.19 MB/s, respectively. This allows for a useful point of comparison. Therefore, it is true that the PM9C1a will be slower, but it does come quite close, which is especially amazing for a drive that is intended to be used for regular, day-to-day tasks. It is not a model at the very top of the range.

As was mentioned before, the PM9B1’s energy efficiency has been significantly improved since it was first introduced. It is “70 percent more [efficient] per watt than its predecessor,” as stated in the product description. According to Samsung’s explanation, when a laptop equipped with this SSD enters “standby mode,” the drive would use “about 10 percent less power.”

The Device Identifier Composition Engine security standard, usually known as DICE for short, will be supported by the PM9C1a, which is another step toward improving security. This will offer the drive the capacity to “securely [create] cryptographic keys” as a means of providing device authentication. This ability will be provided by the fact that it will give the drive. It is hoped that this would assist in protecting the computer against assaults on the supply chain as well as firmware that has been modified by malicious actors.

Availability is still awaited.

Since the PM9C1a is still in the process of being developed, it is likely going to be some time before it is released. The statement does not include any information on a release date or price tag; nevertheless, we have reached out to Samsung for clarity on this matter. On the other hand, we are aware that the solid-state drives (SSDs) will be available in three distinct versions that vary in both their size and their storage capacity. The 256GB drive will have a form factor of 22 millimeters by 30 millimeters, the 512GB model will be 22 millimeters by 42 millimeters, and the 1 terabyte option will be 22 millimeters by 80 millimeters.

Even while it may be some time before we see solid-state drives (SSDs) in computers, you can bet that when we do, they’ll be found in some of the most cutting-edge ultrabook laptops available on the market.

 

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