Samsung's next generation small form factor M.2 design is about to become a standard, offering even higher density flash storage. The NF1 gumstick is 11cm x 3.05cm, 0.85cm wider than the current models and just wide enough to fit two rows 256Gbit TLC 3D V-NAND flash chips side by side. The model shown off by The Inquirer has 8TB of storage paired with 12GB of LPDDR4 DRAM and communicating over NVMe v1.3 using PCIe 4.0; no mention of the controller as of yet. Samsung is expected to be releasing 512Gbit flash chips in the near future which will bring the potential size of the dirve up to 16TB.
"Samsung's 8TB next-generation small form factor (NGSFF) NF1 flash card is to be standardised by the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association in October."
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