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Samsung begin mass production of the crazy-fast SM951 PCIe M.2 SSDs

Samsung kick off mass production of their SM951 PCIe M.2 SSDs with 97 percent less power draw and 30 percent increased speeds
By: Chris Smith | Storage News | Posted: Jan 8, 2015 12:58 am
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Samsung announced today that they have begun mass production of their high-performance, low-powered PCIe solid state drives. The SM951 is designed with ultra-slim notebooks in mind, with Jeeho Baek, Samsung's Senior Vice President of Memory Marketing, commenting "we are helping to accelerate growth of the ultra-slim notebook PC market with the introduction of this energy-efficient, high-speed PCIe SSD. We will continue to introduce next-generation high-density SSDs with improved performance and increased differentiation, as we further strengthen our business competitiveness in global SSD market."

 

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Supporting both PCIe 3.0 and PCI 2.0 interfaces, Samsung claim their product can read and write at sequential speeds of 1,600 MB/s and 1,350 MB/s respectively. Being three times faster than SATA SSD technology and 30 percent faster than the Samsung XP941, these products are set to be a real winner.

 

The SM951 is also the first SSD to utilize the L1.2 low power standby mode, allowing all high-speed circuits to be turned off when a PC is sleeping or in hibernation, marking a 97 percent decrease from the 50mW consumed previously - this new device uses under 2mW of power to function.

 

Weighing in at six grams and measuring 80mm x 22mm, this tiny beast packs a massive punch. We can't wait to see laptops rolling off the shelves with this technology inside.

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