Affordable SSDs on the horizon
High-capacity drives at consumer prices are being worked on
Had your eyes on a MacBook with a 2TB or 4TB SSD, but put off by the price? There could be hope, though, as Samsung has begun mass production of high-capacity SSDs aimed at consumers.
Jaesoo Han, executive vice president of memory sales and marketing at Samsung, said that the new tech “will herald a massive move to terabyte SSDs for consumers” and that they will “rapidly spread throughout the entire market”.
The ‘QLC’ SSD is built on technology that has greater cell bit capacity than the preceding ‘TLC’ tech. In other words, Samsung will be able to produce higher-capacity drives than before, while simultaneously being able to reduce manufacturing costs.
Samsung is not the only company working on QLC SSDs. Back in May, Intel and Micron revealed the first commercially available QLC SSD, the 5210 ION. Toshiba, WD and SK Hynix are all also reportedly working on QLC SSDs, although the Micron drive is the only one currently on the market.
However, TechRepublic has reported that the higher capacities come at the cost of lower write endurance.
Samsung is one of several companies working on QLC SSDs.