In Samsung Electronics being the world’s first to commercialize SSD, their NAND flash innovations played a critical role. In 2006, the development of the CTF (Charge Trap Flash) NAND technology that overcame the limitations of the Floating Gate technology made a huge contribution. With this technology under their belt, they became the world’s first to use the 40-nano 32GB NAND flash memory on SSD and commercialize it.
Samsung Electronics paid close attention to the potential of NAND flash in the world early on, and predicted they would be able to develop ultra-capacity semiconductor technology in the post-gigabyte age of terabytes after 2010.
And this prediction came true. With Samsung Electronics fully jumping into the commercial SSD business in 2010, in 2011, they released the SSD 830 Series with 20-nano high-speed NAND flash and exclusive controller. In 2012, they released the SSD 840 Series that employed 3-bit MLC (TLC, Triple Level Cell) NAND flash. This product is high-performance and high-reliability; the 3-bit MLC NAND flash operating in the SSD proved the world’s belief wrong, that such would be difficult.
Samsung Electronics once again jumped beyond the limits in scaling technology with their mass-production of 3D V-NAND flash memory in 2013. The world was astounded by Samsung’s world’s first commercialization of the 3D integration technology. With this technology, Samsung Electronics ventured out to expand the high-capacity SSD market. Then, in 2014, they released the SSD 850 Series with 3D V-NAND, officially switching to producing V-NAND-based products for the general consumer market as well.
For corporate data centers, they mass-produced 1TB SSD in 2013, 15.36TB SSD in 2016, then 30.72TB SSD in 2018. In just 12 years since the first introduction of the 32GB SSD in 2006, they increased the storage capacity by 1,000 times and began the era of ultra-capacity semiconductors.
Samsung Electronics still continue to make history by being the world’s first in reaching many milestones in flash memory technology and the SSD market. In the third post of Samsung Electronics’ Flash Memory, we will explore portable SSD for consumers the general public is more familiar with, as well as the ultra-capacity data center SSD, which is gaining importance in recent times. Look forward to Samsung Electronics’ SSD development as they advance with their cutting-edge technology.
Samsung Electronics’ Milestones in Mass-Production of SSD