Data Centre

Storage

Plunk: SK Hynix drops 72-layer 3D NAND on enterprise SSD market

Korean flasher poised to enter enterprise SSD market

By Chris Mellor

5 SHARE

SK Hynix, currently focused on client SSDs, is posed to enter the enterprise SSD market with 72-layer 3D NAND tech.

It has developed 512Gb flash chips with this technology, and built an enterprise-class SSD using its own controller and firmware to provide 4TB of capacity. SK Hynix is not saying whether the SSD uses TLC (3bits/cell) flash or not.

The device supports sequential read and write speeds of up to 560/515MB/sec and can perform 98,000/32,000 random read/writeIOPS respectively.

There is no word on the access protocol which is likely to be SAS or SATA as the company has said it has separately developed a PCIe SSD using the same 72-layer technology.

This, it says, will have a capacity of more than 1TB and operate with 2,700/1,100MB/sec of sequential read/write bandwidth and 230,000/35,000 random read/write IOPS respectively.

SK Hynix is sampling the PCIe product to server and data centre clients in the USA.

It already lists two enterprise SSDs on its website: the SE3010, a SATA MLC (2bits/cell) SSD maxing out at 1.9TB and developed in 2015, and the PE3011, a PCI MLC SSD, about which it provides no information.

These look set to be replaced by the forthcoming products.

However, the new PCIe SSD numbers are not that high compared to competing devices from the mainstream enterprise SSD shippers. We would also expect a significantly higher capacity than the 1TB+ bar set by the company.

A stronger entry into enterprise SSD shipping by SK Hynix will increase competition with Intel, Micron, Samsung, Toshiba and WDC, and tend to lower pricing. Expect it to announce product later this year. ®

Sign up to our NewsletterGet IT in your inbox daily

5 Comments

More from The Register

Grandmaster flash Samsung dominated SSD market in 3Q2018

Plus: PC, notebook hard drive ships set to be eclipsed by flash

Give Samsung a hand: Chaebol pulls back Arm to strike Intel's chips

10nm? Ha, try 7, or even 5

Feeling a bit gassy? Toshiba floats 16TB helium whopper

Nine-platter beast serves up high-capacity spinning rust

Bain of Toshiba's existence: Dark night for flash fabber TMC if it's a faceoff with Western Dig

And an IPO could mean just that...

Who dares wins, they say, so Toshiba's SAS drive plans another hit on SATA

Faster interface aims to replace 6Gbit/s dead end in servers

Samsung topples Intel as semiconductor top dog, but lead 'literally built on sand'

Sure about that?

Number-three disk drive maker Toshiba isn't shy about shipping 23.4m spinners in 3Q18

Will it increase capacity in a tuned-in MAMR?

Sorry, Samsung. Seems nobody is immune to peak smartphone

Chaebol warns operating profit to fall 29%

MAMR Mia – it's not just WD: Toshiba's popped to the microwave too

Oscillating microwaves reduce coercivity, permit small area bit writing

He, He, more gassy whoppers: Toshiba spreads 12TB, 14TB drives across gaming and NAS disks

Extremely, er, unspecified helium-filled gaming disk performance