Samsung's 512GB NVMe SSD weighs just one gram, is about the size of a coin

Samsung has announced that it is mass-producing (opens in new tab) the first NVMe SSD that fits into a single ball grid array package, fitting all of the SSD components — NAND flash memory, DRAM and controller — in an area not larger than that of a coin. Called PM971-NVMe, the SSDs will be available in storage capacities up to 512GB, and will be up for sale starting in June.

With dimensions of 20 x 16 x 1.5mm and an overall weight that's just one gram, the PM971-NVMe's volume is a hundredth of a standard 2.5-inch SSD, with a surface area that's a fifth of the newer M.2 SSDs. Samsung was able to sandwich 16 of its 48-layer 256-gigabit V-NAND flash chips (resulting in a total of 240GB storage), a 20nm 4Gb LPDDR4 DRAM chip, and a controller into the PM971-NVMe.

The drive will be available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB variants, and offers random read and write IOPS of up to 190K and 150K. Samsung is claiming sequential read and write speeds of 1500MB/s and 900MB/s when used with its TurboWrite technology.

Samsung PM971-NVMe 512GB SSD

Jung-bae Lee, senior vice president at Samsung's storage division, had this to say:

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. 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.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia for Android Central, Windows Central's sister site. When not reviewing phones, he's testing PC hardware, including video cards, motherboards, gaming accessories, and keyboards.

  • Samsung became the pioneer of SSD manufacture?
  • That's amazing! Even tho I can't even fill my 32gb SD card in my phone, I'm sure many people will need that extra space.
  • This is for a PC. Remember those?
  • Oops... I seriously thought that article was talking about 512GB SD cards. :D I had just woken up when I read this. My mistake! :D Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • If it was cf based sure
  • Yeah, for a PC. I'm thinking a Surface Phone could be built to try to replace your PC with stuff like this. Could come in handy for use with Continuum.
  • "and will be up for sale starting later this month." - i.e. later today?
  • Heh. Guess I was thinking that we're already in June.
  • Do you know how much will it cost?
  • No clue, but it isn't going to be affordable.
  • It will be affordable soon enough.
  • I hope so! What do you consider as 'soon enough'?
  • All depends is it using slc nand
  • Feels like it... Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10 Mobile
  • Perfect for the upcoming surface pro/book s Posted via my legendary Xperia z2
  • Perfect for a future Surface Phone Pro with Intel chipset.
  • Too bad that won't be happening any time soon. Makes me mad actually.
  • COOL!! I need that on my Lumia .... :D
  • perfect for phones, or am i missing something? 
  • Too expensive for phones and phones don't need 1500 MB/s transfer speeds now anyway. When the PC/Mobile world eventually intersect, this would be perfect.
  • If intel didnt abandoned mobile chips we would be talking about a 2 in 1 PC with windows 10 desktop + wimdows 10 mobile device so these fast drives would be perfect.dont want to go off subject but the Zen fone 3 with 6GB of RAM prooves a phone could aldo be a PC, too bad it comes with ARM and Android, instead of Intel + Windows dual boot. Imagine Continuum on a x64 CPU now we can talk about the future Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Unless such a phone runs all the existing x32 and x64 desktop programs, it will be DOA like the Fire phone. Continuum without apps = not usable. Sure, virtualization and remote desktop work but not everyone in the planet is online with a 50 Mbps LTE line.
  • Agreed 100%. Continuum without x64 or x86 is like Windows RT for phones, something people won't buy
    It was until Surface Pro 3 when Microsoft got success without the limitations of RT Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • If those Surface Phone rumors are true (Snapdragon 830, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, 512 GB storage), I think this'd be great with it.   You'd also have to take out a mortgage just to get that device, but it'd be great! ^_^;;
  • They aren't. :-)
  • Hahaha. And here I am feeling cheesy buying my first SSD, a budget Kingston SSD!
  • You won't be able to use such thing in a pc;). This is for tablets mostly and for whom ever has nothing better to do but install it in an smartphone Aproved by me!
  • Probably with a 2.5 inch drive adaptor. lol
  • Heard that the Surface Phones will have about 128/512GB built-in storage. I doubt anyone would need those speeds in a phone, however if Microsoft are pretty much creating the Surface Phone as a PC, and they have said they don't want to bring a phone to market unless it's innovative/groundbreaking. So I'm wondering is it likely Microsoft creating a phone with 4/6/8/12GB RAM and perhaps one of these coin sized SSDs, going to be groundbreaking? I'm sure there will be more to the Surface Phone that will make it innovative. Could an SSD like this in a phone be beneficial for enterprise consumers?
  • Two things
    1. Surface phone would be too expensive if it comes with Intel Core m3, so it will probably come with Snapdragon 830, but since x64 programs cant run on ARM it will bw like the Surface RT. I'll cross fingers hoping AMD can launch something between Cherry Trail and Intel Core M so we can also get a Surface phone Pro which runs on x64
    2. Microsoft needs to fix iOS bridge, so that apps dont need tobe recompiled on Windows Mobile, imagine latest Periscope, Youtube and Snapchat iOS apps finally runing natively on Surface phone, it will be epic Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Interesting. But not the best title since there are coins that are close to 3 feet in diameter.