This SSD is named PMI1743 and is designed for enterprise-class servers. In addition to its speed of up to 13GB/s, this SSD can also handle 2,500K input/output operations per second (IOPS), aka almost double the fastest NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD.
PCIe 5.0 itself supports transfer speeds of up to 32 gigatransfers per second (GT/s), two times higher than PCIe 4.0. Well, to take advantage of that much bandwidth, Samsung developed a special controller and tested it with Intel.
“Together, we succeeded in solving complex technical problems with PCIe 5.0 during the initial evaluation period,” said Jim Pappas, Technology Initiatives Director at Intel.
In addition to very fast read speeds, PMI 1743 also offers write speeds that are no less fast. Namely sequential write speed of up to 6,600 MB/s and random write speed of 250K IOPS, again almost twice as high as PCIe 4.0.
Its power consumption is also more efficient than the previous generation, which is 30% more efficient, which is expected to significantly reduce server operating costs.
“This is expected to significantly reduce server and data center operating costs, as well as help reduce their carbon footprint,” wrote Samsung.
Samsung is currently providing samples of the TMI1743 to a select few consumers, and plans to mass-produce this SSD in Q1 2022, with capacities ranging from 1.92TB to 15.36TB.
Meanwhile, the PCI Special Interest Group also recently revealed specifications for PCIe 6.0, which has a bandwidth of up to 256GB/s, twice as fast as PCIe 5.0, and four times faster than PCIe 4.0.