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Samsung launches 950 PRO SSD

Vendor leads mass market into enterprise quality memory solutions

The S950 PRO SSD is Samsung’s first consumer-ready non-volatile memory express (NVMe) M.2 form factor SSD.
The S950 PRO SSD is Samsung’s first consumer-ready non-volatile memory express (NVMe) M.2 form factor SSD.

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, has announced the launch of its 950 PRO solid state drive (SSD), designed to meet the demands of high-performance consumer and business laptops and PCs.

The drive's M.2 form factor means that users with ultra-slim notebook PCs and workstations can benefit from industry-leading storage endurance, reliability and energy efficiency.

According to Samsung, the S950 PRO SSD is its first consumer-ready non-volatile memory express (NVMe) M.2 form factor SSD with vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology, supporting the peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) 3.0 interface.

The company said with the introduction of NVMe, the first protocol optimised for SSDs, users of the Samsung 950 PRO will benefit from improved performance and power saving, which can help increase battery life and potentially reduce operating costs.

"With the introduction of the 950 PRO using NVMe and PCIe, Samsung is able to provide our customers with the memory needed to handle the increased storage demands of tomorrow's computing systems," said Un-Soo Kim, senior vice president of Branded Memory, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics.

"Consumers and businesses alike can experience enterprise-quality performance and benefits such as speed, endurance and energy efficiency to support the most demanding applications. The 950 PRO is yet another example of a branded memory solution that continues to elevate our portfolio of products and reflects Samsung's continued leadership in the memory industry," Kim added.

Featuring the PCIe Gen.3 by 4 interface and supporting the NVMe protocol, the Samsung 950 PRO offers improved random and sequential performance over serial advanced technology attachment (SATA) interface drives utilising the legacy advanced host controller interface (AHCI) protocol.