Samsung Introduces PCIe 5.0 SSD for Enterprise Servers

Samsung has released its PM1743 SSD for enterprise servers, which combines Samsung’s sixth-generation V-NAND with the PCIe 5.0 interface. Samsung’s PCIe 5.0 SSD, as well as its ongoing PCIe 6.0-based product development, would further strengthen the vendor’s technological position in the enterprise server market.

PCIe 5.0 doubles the bandwidth of PCIe 4.0 to 32 gigatransfers per second (GT/s). The PM1743 would give great read and write speeds thanks to a custom controller built to support the newest PCIe standard, allowing data centers to meet their fast-expanding performance demands.

Samsung’s PM1743 would provide sequential read rates of up to 13,000 megabytes per second (MB/s) and random read speeds of 2,500 thousand input/output operations per second (IOPS), respectively. According to Samsung, it means that these are 1.9x and 1.7x faster than earlier PCIe 4.0-based solutions. Furthermore, write rates have been greatly increased, says Samsung, with a sequential write speed of 6,600 MB/s and a random write speed of 250K IOPS, respectively. This would offer 1.7x and 1.9x quicker speeds. Enterprise server suppliers that use the PM1743 would be able to achieve substantially better levels of performance because of these incredible data transfer speeds.

“For over a decade, Samsung has been delivering SATA, SAS and PCIe-based SSDs that have been recognized for outstanding performance and reliability by leading enterprise server customers including corporations, governments and financial institutions,” said Yong Ho Song, Executive Vice President and Head of the Memory Controller Development Team at Samsung Electronics. “The introduction of our PCIe 5.0 SSD, along with PCIe 6.0-based product developments that are underway, will further solidify our technological leadership in the enterprise server market.”

AI/ML and High-Performance Databases

The new SSD has a power efficiency of up to 608 MB/s per watt, which is a 30 percent improvement over the previous version, according to Samsung. This is intended to drastically cut server and data center operating expenses while simultaneously lowering their carbon impact.

The PM1743 will be available in a number of capacities ranging from 1.92 terabytes (TB) to 15.36 terabytes (TB), as well as a 3-inch EDSFF (E3.S) – an increasingly popular SSD form factor built primarily for next-generation business servers and data centers. When compared to the 15mm 2.5-inch form factor, clients that adopt 7.5mm EDSFF SSDs will be able to double the storage density in their systems. The EDSFF would be suited for most PCIe 5.0 enterprise server systems, thanks to its high signal integrity and thermal efficiency.

The Samsung PM1743 PCIe 5.0 SSD comes with dual-port support, guaranteeing server operational stability and high availability when a connection to one port fails.

Samsung’s PM1743 will include additional security capabilities that were previously only accessible at the server level to ensure that these demands are met. The SSD will guard against security risks and data forgeries by incorporating a security processor and Root of Trust (RoT), while also allowing Secure Boot in server systems through attestation.

Samsung is currently shipping PM1743 samples to semiconductor and server vendors across the world for cooperative system development. As it continues to develop a highly strong environment for the new PCIe 5.0 standard, the business aims to launch mass production of the PM1743 in the first quarter of 2022.

“Intel has been working with Samsung to test Samsung’s newest PCIe NVMe SSD, the PM1743. Together, we have jointly resolved complicated technical issues encountered with PCIe 5.0 during this initial evaluation period,” said Jim Pappas, Director, Technology Initiatives, Intel Corporation. “The performance potential of Gen5 is truly impressive. In the near future, we strongly believe that PCIe Gen5 systems with high-speed NVMe SSDs will have the ability to transform applications such as AI/ML and high-performance databases. Looking ahead, we are confident that Intel and Samsung’s continued commitment in industry leadership will provide these and other benefits to our mutual customers.”