Fast storage solutions are essential for efficient digital photo and video workflows and Samsung Technology has announced the start of production of new V-NAND modules with more than 100 layers, which is an industry first and should give a boost to any editing workstation. According to the South Korean company, the 256GB 3-bit V-NAND will be used to make SSD drives for PCs and has already been delivered to a number global OEMs.

The new generation adds around 40 percent more cells to the previous 9-layer single-stack structure. Samsung achieves this by building an electrically conductive mold stack with 136 layers. The company claims this results in the industry’s fastest data transfer rate, citing writing speed of 450 microseconds (㎲) and a reading response time of 45㎲. Compared to the previous design performance has been increased by 10 percent and power consumption decreased by 15%.

The company claims this results in the industry’s fastest data transfer rate, citing writing speed of 450 microseconds (㎲) and a reading response time of 45㎲.

Samsung says that thanks to the new and faster design, it will be able to offer V-NAND solutions with more than 300 layers by combining three of the new stacks, without any negative impact on performance or reliability.

In addition to the performance increases, the engineers have been able to reduce production steps and reduce chip sizes, increasing production rates by 20 percent.

With the 250GB SATA PC SSD already released, the company is planning to increase production in second half of the year to meet growing global demand and produce SSDs and eUFSs using 512Gb 3-bit V-NAND in a variety of specifications. Samsung is also hoping to deploy the new chips for mobile and automobile applications in the future.