SK Hynix samples eSSD to server and data center clients

SK Hynix SSD
SK Hynix has started sampling of its enterprise SATA Solid State Drive or eSSD – featuring its 72-Layer 512Gb 3D NAND Flash chips — to server and data center clients in the United States.

SK Hynix combined the 72-Layer 512Gb 3D NAND Flash with its firmware and controller to provide 4TB to double the biggest density of the SSD of the same size with 256Gb NAND chips. A single 4TB SSD could contain 200 UHD (Ultra-HD) movies.

The eSSD supports sequential read and write speed of up to 560MB/s and 515MB/s, respectively, and it can perform 98,000 random read IOPS (Input/Output operations per second) and 32,000 random write IOPS. SK Hynix also improved the read latency.

The company is also shipping enterprise PCIe (PCI Express) SSD samples to server and data center clients.

The PCIe SSD will use the 72-Layer 3D NAND and have a capacity of more than 1TB. The 1TB PCIe SSD operates at 2,700MB/s and 1,100MB/s of sequential read/write speed and runs random read/write performance of 230,000 IOPS and 35,000 IOPS.

Jin Kang, head of NAND Planning and Enabling at SK Hynix, said: “The company plans to actively meet growing eSSD market demands to contribute to enhancing its profitability in NAND Flash business.”

Research firm IHS Markit says the SSD market revenue is expected to reach $25.1 billion in 2017 and post annual growth of 5.6 percent to $31.2 billion in 2021. Revenue of the enterprise SSD will lead the market growth by rising from $13.4 billion to $17.6 billion at a CAGR of 7 percent during the same period.