The first NVMe SSD of 512 GB in the form of BGA chips from Samsung open the way for ultra-slim MacBook Pro

Samsung has announced the release of SSDS with NVM Express (NVMe), made in the form of chips in the package type BGA. These drives, which received the designation PM971-NVMe, laptops are designed for the next generation, which characterizes an ultra-compact form factor.

The first NVMe SSD of 512 GB in the form of BGA chips from Samsung open the way for ultra-slim MacBook Pro

In a tiny case PM971-NVMe can find all the parts that make up a high-speed and capacious storage: flash memory type NAND, cache and DRAM controller. On the background of rumors about a new generation of ultra-thin MacBook Pro the proposed solution is one of the main contenders for the introduction of laptops.

In the case Packed 16 chips Samsung V-NAND flash density 256 GB each (48-layer chips), one 20-nanometer LPDDR4 DRAM chip density 4 GB and the controller. The SSD size is 20 x 16 x 1,5 mm, weight — about 1 g. in Other words, the new drive is 100 times smaller than the drive size 2.5 inches with interface SATA 6 GB/s and approximately five times less than that used in the 12-inch MacBook.

The first NVMe SSD of 512 GB in the form of BGA chips from Samsung open the way for ultra-slim MacBook Pro

The sequential read speed of 1,500 MB/s, sequential write — 900 MB/s when using TurboWrite cache). Performance on the operations random access reaches 190 000 IOPS in the case of reading and 150,000 in the recording mode. Drives PM971-NVMe will be available with capacity of 128, 256 and 512 GB.

According to available information, the next generation MacBook Pro will be significantly different from the current models. New devices with 13 – and 15-inch displays will be thinner and lighter. They will borrow design elements from the 12-inch MacBook and will get a fingerprint scanner and an optional touch OLED display in the form of a bar above the keyboard.

According to network sources, Apple is expected to introduce updates in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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