Samsung Starts Mass Producing 4-Bit Consumer SSDs

Samsung's new 4TB SSD

'As we expand our line-up across consumer segments and to the enterprise, 4-bit terabyte-SSD products will rapidly spread throughout the entire market.

Nearly all storage manufacturers are pushing higher in capacity, with Seagate unleashing a line of Barracuda SSDs earlier this year using 3-bit QLC chips.

The 4TB drive will use just 32 of its fourth-generation, 64-layer 1-terabit V-NAND chips, Samsung said.

The new consumer QLC SSDs follow Samsung's launch of its 970 PRO and EVO M.2 form factor SSD sticks available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB earlier in May.

Storing more bits per cell in QLC drives inevitably means lower performance and endurance when compared to TLC, but Samsung claims it has managed to maintain the performance level of existing TLC drives.

The Korean giant has announced that it is now mass producing the industry's first 4-bit QLC (quad-level cell) SSDs for consumers, which may lead to cheaper high-capacity drives.

USA senator presents letter from Trump for Putin
Spokespeople for Paul did not immediately respond to questions about the letter, which was given to representatives of Putin. Paul delivered the letter to representatives of Putin because the Russian leader has been away from Moscow all week.

Hurricane Hector: Category 4 storm heads toward Hawaii, forecast, path, track today
On Friday, state officials warned residents and visitors to take precautions in case Hector gets closer to the island chain. Hurricane Hector gained in strength overnight as it continues its march westward across the Central Pacific.

Snapchat Parent Snap Posts Its First Loss in Daily Active Users
For the current quarter ending in October, Snap said it expects revenue in the range of $265 million to $290 million. "We are learning a lot as we continue to iterate based on customer feedback", Spiegel said about the smart glasses.

The company says that when data stored within a memory cell is bumped up from three bits to four, maintaining optimum performance and speed becomes "considerably more hard".

But Sammy is touting read speeds of 540MB/s with sequential write speeds of 520MB/s, though more randomised data in-out speeds weren't mentioned. Plus, each of the drives will come with three year warranties.

The hope is that this jump to QLC will bring prices down thanks to more efficient production, thereby making terabyte-sized SSDs accessible to more consumers.

According to Jaesoo Han, the EVP of memory sales at Samsung Electronics, "Samsung's new 4-bit SATA SSD will herald a massive move to terabyte-SSDs for consumers".

The Samsung 4TB 850 EVO SSD is now listed on Amazon.co.uk with a £1,399.99 retail price (albeit discounted to £999.99 at present).

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top New characters, stages, modes, and more coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Aug 08, 2018 - 22:37
There is also a Sound Test menu, which lets you create custom playlists that can be listened to when your Switch is in Sleep Mode. As most Castlevania fans will know, "Bloody Tears" and "Monster Dance" are tracks lifted from the iconic Konami series.

Kim Kardashian Comes For Younes Bendjima After Kourtney Split!
Aug 08, 2018 - 22:35
Though he quickly deleted the comment, many felt that Younes was coming off as jealous, considering Kourtney's huge Instagram following.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top West Nile-infected mosquitoes found in Wyoming
Aug 08, 2018 - 21:56
Residents are reminded to protect themselves against mosquito bites to avoid West Nile virus . Symptoms of West Nile include joint pain, headaches, muscle aches, nausea and a stiff neck.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Doubts grow over Elon Musk’s master plan to take Tesla private
Aug 08, 2018 - 21:26
Other board members mentioned in the statement included Robyn Denholm, Ira Ehrenpreis, Antonio Gracias and Linda Johnson Rice. But after the markets opened Wednesday morning, Tesla's stock edged downward about 1 percent, to $375.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing
Aug 08, 2018 - 18:59
Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima in May 2016. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the anniversary event.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top New York Congressman Chris Collins Arrested on Insider-Trading Charges
Aug 08, 2018 - 18:36
The insider trading crimes concern Innate Immunotherapeutics, an Australian biotech firm in which both Collins men were major shareholders.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top James Anderson retains top ICC Test bowler spot
Aug 08, 2018 - 18:26
Chasing the target of 194 runs, the Indian team bundled out for 162 runs despite Kohli's useful contribution of 52 runs. Broad captioned it, confirming his team-mate was alright, before including a series of "crying laughter" emojis.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Imran Khan's victory notifications halted over violations case
Aug 08, 2018 - 18:09
His counsel Babar Awan presented some documents to the investigation team in support of the contentions of Imran Khan. Khan's PTI has swept polls in KP and will form an independent government in the province for the second time.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top At least 91 dead after quake hits Indonesia’s Lombok island
Aug 08, 2018 - 17:26
An Indonesian man examines the remains of houses, after a 6.4 magnitude quake struck, in Lombok on 29 July, 2018. The epicentre of the quake was in northern Lombok, a more residential, less developed part of the island.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Disney's live-action Star Wars series could cost whopping $100M
Aug 08, 2018 - 16:57
Up until now, after a film hit theaters, it came to digital, then Blu-ray/DVD, and finally streaming services like Netflix . Gains in products related to the Avengers weren't enough to offset lower revenue from "Spider-Man" and "Cars".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top YouTube removes Alex Jones' channel for violating its community guidelines
Aug 08, 2018 - 16:00
In the same thread, Dorsey said Twitter in the past has "been bad at explaining our decisions" but that they're "fixing that". In addition, Facebook and Spotify have deleted more of Jones' content, after removing some content last week.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Rogue planet with mystical aurora discovered drifting beyond our solar system
Aug 08, 2018 - 14:39
New analysis has proved that it is in fact a proper planet with an extraordinarily powerful magnetic field. Journal Reference: "The Strongest Magnetic Fields on the Coolest Brown Dwarfs", by M.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Duva Not Sure If Kovalev-Alvarez Rematch Will Be Immediate
Aug 08, 2018 - 12:54
It wasn't until the fourth round when Kovalev tried to exert his power, landing several hard punches that tested Alvarez's chin. It looked like Bivol was headed to an early stoppage, but the Russian seemed content with scoring points and controlling bout.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Boris Johnson burka: Tories order MP to apologise over 'bank robber jibe'
Aug 08, 2018 - 12:27
Mr Johnson's father, Stanley, came to his defence, telling ITV1's Good Morning Britain: "I think we are just picking holes here". Johnson's comments followed Denmark introducing a ban on burkas in public places.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top China unveils additional retaliatory tariffs on $60bn of USA goods
Aug 08, 2018 - 11:26
Trump portrays the tariffs as a tax on foreigners, but the reality is that tariffs are taxes on US companies and consumers. He said his administration would continue to employ tariffs if other nations were unwilling to come to the table on trade.