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Choosing a hard drive or an SSD for your PC doesn’t really matter, because every drive eventually comes to the end of its life. Hard drives tend to live longer than SSD. Hard drives can develop bad sectors and still manage to work for a while. SSD on the other hand tend to die unexpectedly. However, with Samsung’s new PCIe Gen4 solid state drives, Samsung aims at fixing this problem.
These new set of SSDs are said to include a new technology Samsung is calling fail-in-place (FIP). The FIP technology is designed to allow a drive cope if anything goes wrong with one or more of the NAND chips it contains. Instead of dying, what is left of the functioning storage chips will continue to work, though with a lesser storage capacity.
The FIP does more than just these. It also scans the damaged data before relocating it to the remaining NAND chips that are still working. With this new technology, Samsung has basically built a data recovery system into its new SSDs.
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The SSDs with FIP technology for now will be used to ensure data integrity and minimize the need to switch out storage in data centers. With that in mind, Samsung is launching 19 models of SSD called under the names PM1733 and PM1735.
The PM1733 will come in six different models, in a 2.5-inch U.2 form factor offering storage of between 960GB and 15.63TB. And also, as a four HHHL card-type drives offering between 1.92TB and 30.72TB of storage. Each drive is guaranteed for one drive writes per day (DWPD) for five years. The PM1735 drives are a little more hard-wearing, offering three DWPD for five years, but storage sizes only go up to 12.8TB. For both models, the U.2 versions achieves 6,400MB/s sequential read speeds and 3,800MB/s writes. The HHHL versions manage 8,000MB/s reads and 3,800MB/s writes.
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The drives also include two other software innovations. The first is virtualization technology, which allows a single SSD to be divided up into 64 smaller drives. This makes for easy independent virtual workspaces. The second is V-NAND machine learning technology. This “helps to accurately predict and verify cell characteristics, as well as detect any variation among circuit patterns through big data analytics.” By doing so, it results in much higher levels of performance from the drive.
Hopefully, Samsung can perfect FIP in the data center. Then start including it in its consumer SSDs in the near future. We’d all like to use SSDs that fail gracefully and don’t lose any of our data.