Af­ford­able SSDs on the hori­zon

High-ca­pac­ity drives at con­sumer prices are be­ing worked on

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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.

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