Samsung joins the SATA 3.0 SSD party


Sample production of the SATA 6Gbit/sec 512GB SSDs began in May, with volume production initiated earlier this month to system manufacturers.

The PM830 SSDs come with AES 256-bit encryption algorithm to protect personal or corporate data from unauthorized access.

The new drives are expected to replace SATA 2.0 SSDs by year's end, the company said.

"Samsung's new line up of advanced SSDs will raise the performance bar to the next level for ultra-slim notebooks and tablets and accelerate growth of the market for high-performance SSDs," Wanhoon Hong, executive vice president at Samsung Electronics, said in a statement. "The industry is expected to quickly embrace SATA 6Gbit/sec-based SSDs, which also will help increase market interest in 256GB and higher densities significantly."

The 512GB SSD utilizes Samsung's densest 20 nanometer, 32Gigabit multi-level cell (MLC) NAND memory chip. It also uses Samsung's own proprietary NAND controller.