Samsung Electronics unveils high-performance PC SSD that raises everyday computing and gaming to a new level

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Samsung Electronics announced that the PM9C1a, a high-performance PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD, is ready for production.

In a statement, Samsung said the PM9C1a, integrated with a new controller based on Samsung’s cutting-edge 5-nanometer (nm) process and the company’s seventh-generation V-NAND technology, will enable enhanced computing and gaming performance in PCs and laptops.

“Our new PM9C1a SSD will deliver a robust combination of superior performance, greater power efficiency and increased security, which are the qualities that matter most to PC users,” said Yong Ho Song, Executive Vice President of Memory Solution Product & Development at Samsung Electronics. “We are committed to creating storage that satisfies the diverse and changing market requirements as we continue to advance innovation in the PC SSD space.”

According to Samsung, the PM9C1a SSD is perfect for everyday use and more demanding computing and gaming activities, thanks to its top-tier speeds. Samsung’s PM9C1a, which uses the PCIe 4.0 interface, has a 1.6x higher sequential read speed and a 1.8x faster sequential write speed than its prior storage product (PM9B1), hitting 6,000 and 5,600 megabytes per second (MB/s), respectively. Furthermore, random read and write rates can handle up to 900,000 and 1,000,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS).

In addition, the PM9C1a has up to 70 per cent higher power efficiency per watt than its predecessor. This means that the new SSD can perform the same number of jobs while using substantially less power. Furthermore, when a laptop PC falls into standby mode, the SSD will use around 10 per cent less power.

The PM9C1a has excellent security to meet the growing demand for greater security measures, according to Samsung. The SSD supports the Trusted Computer Group’s (TCG) Device Identifier Composition Engine (DICE) security standard, developed by a global organisation that produces open standards for computing security. DICE produces cryptographic keys inside the SSD safely, offering device authentication to protect against supply chain assaults – cyberattacks that target firms via vulnerabilities in their supplier network — and an attestation to avoid any firmware manipulation.

Samsung’s PM9C1a SSDs have an M.2 form factor and come in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage capacities.

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