Samsung Kick-Starts Mass Producing Industry’s First 512-Gigabyte NVMe SSD in a Single BGA Package

By WPG AmericasOctober 20, 2016

Earlier this year, Samsung Electronics, a global frontrunner in premium electronic components, memory technologies, and consumer end-use products, unveiled the world’s first 512-Gigabyte NVMe SSD in a single ball grid array (BGA) package.

Named PM971, theNVMe SSD is lighter than a paper clip and smaller than a postage stamp. Housed in a compact package measuring 20mm x 16mm x 1.5mm, the device offers exceptional leverage in designing next-generation smartphones, tablets, and super-thin ultrabooks. 

The newly introduced BGA NVMe SSD packs together all essential SSD components like NAND flash memory, dynamic random memory (DRAM) chip, and controllers in a single ball grid array (BGA). “It will triple the performance of a typical SATA SSD,” said Jung-bae Lee, Samsung’s senior vice president of memory product planning and application engineering team.

Samsung's BGA NVMe SSD weighs less than a gram. Unlike any other typical SSD, it doesn't require a printed circuit board (PCB) to fit in the controllers, NAND flash chip, or DRAM. The SSD, by completely eliminating the need for a circuit board, achieves its reduced weight and scaled-down size, which is almost one-hundredth of a standard 2.5-inch hard disc drive (HDD).

Samsung's 512-GB Non-volatile memory express (NVMe) SSD comes in a single BGA package. It incorporates Samsung’s 48-layer 256-GB V-NAND flash chips, a 20-nanometer 4 Gb LPDDR4 mobile DRAM chip, and a high-performance Samsung controller.  The new SSD device is a highly optimized, high-performance, scalable host controller interface, designed to drive the SSD benchmarks to a whole new level.

The industry leading PM971 is 20 millimeters in width, 16 millimeters tall, and 1.5 millimeters thick. Its sleek built allows more space for the battery, leveraging exceptional design flexibility in space-constrained ultra-slim computing devices. 


The SSD utilizes Samsung's proprietary 'TurboWrite technology', which turns certain portions of the SSD into a write buffer, enabling outstanding sequential read and write speeds of up to 1,500MB/s (megabytes per second) and 900MB/s, respectively. The SSD's transfer rate can be related to copying a 5GB Full-HD movie in about 3 seconds or downloading it in approximately 6 seconds. Furthermore, in addition, the device integrates a random read and write input-output operation per second, making sure multitasking operations are made easy and hassle-free for the end-user.

“Samsung’s new BGA NVMe SSD triples the performance of a typical SATA SSD, in the smallest form factor available, with storage capacity reaching up to 512GB,” said Jung-bae Lee, senior vice president of Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering Team. "The introduction of this small-scale SSD will help global PC companies to make timely launches of slimmer, more stylish computing devices while offering consumers a more satisfactory computing environment,” Lee added.

Lately, Samsung has been keen on expanding its SSD portfolio to cater the increasing consumer demand for semiconductor-based data storage devices that are cheaper and more reliable alternatives for high-performance mobile and computing devices.

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