Samsung’s PCIe 5.0 SSD for High-Performance Enterprise Servers.

Samsung’s PCIe 5.0 SSD will deliver nearly double the data transfer speeds and 30% more power efficiency than the previous generation, lowering server running costs*.

To accelerate the transition to the PCIe 5.0 interface in next-generation servers, we are conducting joint studies with chipset and server manufacturers.

Samsung Electronics, a global leader in advanced memory technology, said last month (Dec 21) that it has developed the PM1743 SSD for enterprise servers, which combines the PCIe 5.0 interface with Samsung’s sophisticated sixth-generation V-NAND.

“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.”

“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. 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,” said Jim Pappas, Director, Technology Initiatives, Intel Corporation. “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.”

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

PCIe-5.0-SSD: Image from Samsung

Samsung’s PM1743 will feature a sequential read speed of up to 13,000 megabytes per second (MB/s) and a random read speed of 2,500K input/output operations per second (IOPS), offering 1.9x and 1.7x faster speeds over the previous PCIe 4.0-based products. Moreover, write speeds have been elevated significantly, with a sequential write speed of 6,600 MB/s and a random write speed of 250K IOPS, also delivering 1.7x and 1.9x faster speeds, respectively. These remarkable data transfer rates will allow enterprise server manufacturers deploying the PM1743 to enjoy a much higher level of performance

Furthermore, 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. This is intended to drastically cut server and data center operating expenses while simultaneously lowering their carbon footprint.

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 enterprise servers and data centers. When compared to the 15mm 2.5-inch form factor, customers that adopt 7.5mm EDSFF SSDs will be able to double the storage density in their systems. The EDSFF is suited for most PCIe 5.0 enterprise systems, thanks to its exceptional signal integrity and thermal efficiency.

The PM1743 is also projected to be the first PCIe 5.0 SSD with dual-port support, ensuring server operational stability and high availability even if one of the ports fails.

In the enterprise server industry, the necessity of data security has recently increased. Samsung’s PM1743 will include additional security capabilities that were previously only available at the server level to ensure that these needs are met. The SSD will guard against security risks and data forgeries by embedding a security processor and Root of Trust (RoT), while also enabling Secure Boot in server systems through attestation.

Samsung is now delivering samples of the PM1743 to global chipset and server manufacturers for joint system development. The company plans to begin mass-producing the PM1743 in the first quarter of 2022, as it continues to foster a highly robust ecosystem for the new PCIe 5.0 standard.

The PM1743 has been designated a CES 2022 Innovation Awards Honoree in the category of Computer Hardware & Components.

The video below highlights how the PM1743 works and how it can help make work and life more comfortable. In a nutshell, the new SSD supports the fast and accurate analysis of huge amounts of data across a variety of fields including everything from smart farms to healthcare and finance.

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