Do you still remember the times when 1 gigabyte (GB) was considered an obscene amount of memory? Well, nowadays extracting a single file of this type is quite ordinary, it only takes a few seconds, thanks in large part to the speed of our Internet.
In fact, quite frankly, these days, when 4K is increasingly becoming the norm, even 1 TB (Tera) seems like a bit, despite it being the standard for the vast majority of new laptops that are hitting the shelves.
Well, in the next seven to eight years, things will change, and for good. All thanks to the efforts of SK Hynix, Micron and of course Samsung in the storage world.
1000 TB SSD? It will be normal in 2030!
So Samsung introduced its futuristic layout to the world of SSDs, and let’s be honest, it looks pretty cool! After all, the South Korean giant is planning to release V-NAND chips with 1,000 layers stacked on top of each other. Do you know what that means? It’s simple storage, plenty and good!
To give you an idea of the current situation, SK Hynix and Micron are taking the lead in the storage market with recent developments that have brought V-NAND chips with 238 and 232 layers to the table. Something that would make it possible to open the doors to the new ultra-fast SSDs, which are now based on the PCIe 5.0 standard. (In case you didn’t know, it won’t be long before we have hard drives capable of delivering speeds of around 14GB/s, on the shelves.)
But more realistically, all this means that we can already imagine solid state drives with an incredible storage capacity of 1 petabyte. Yes, you read that right, petabyte!
Obviously, this type of drive will be more attractive for servers and the like, but even in terms of consumption, we will start to notice an amazing growth in storage capacity. With the cost per gigabyte even lower, it’s perfectly normal, and even normal, to see “basic” smartphones with 512GB or 1TB of available space.
By the way, Samsung itself is now ready to release 1TB TLC V-NAND chips in 2022, with the first 2TB chips arriving in 2024, and so on… that is, let’s say hello to 4TB chips in 2026, and 8TB in 2028, And finally 16 TB in 2030.
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