Before we dive into the really crazy stuff, let’s start with SSDs. Wild SSDs, sure, but still SSDs.
Samsung made waves earlier this year when it revealed the PM1633a, a 15TB behemoth that immediately laid claim to being the world’s most spacious drive SSD. That victory proved short-lived. At the Flash Media Summit, Samsung announced a new champion with more than twice that capacity.
The secret sauce in Samsung’s whopping 32TB SSD? Its fourth-generation V-NAND technology. V-NAND, or vertical NAND, allows Samsung to stack NAND chips upward in a tower, rather than the usual method of spreading the chips out horizontally. That means you can squeeze more capacity into denser places. The fourth-gen tech stacks 64 NAND storage layers in one chip package, whereas SSDs built around third-gen V-NAND tech (like the blistering 950 Pro NVMe SSD) are limited to 48 NAND layers per chip.
And good news: If previous V-NAND proliferation is any indication, consumer SSDs powered by Samsung’s new tech should show up sooner rather than later.