The name of Samsung’s new PM971-NVMe might not stick in your brain, but its capabilities will. This 1-gram, 20mm x 16mm x 1.5mm chip packs up to 512GB of NAND flash, a controller, and RAM—meaning it’s a full-blown SSD that will fit on the tip of your finger.
SSDs for traditional PCs will still use traditional form factors, no doubt, but this tiny chip can be slapped on a standard M.2 card and then be slapped inside super-slim laptops, tablets, and laptop-tablet convertibles.
The chip’s small size doesn’t mean it’ll be slow. Samsungs says the PM971-NVMe will hit 1.5GBps read speeds and 800MBps write speeds. Hot damn.