World largest SSD is Intel SSD DC P4500 with a capacity of 32 TB

Intel SSD DC P4500

Intel has modified the format of its line of solid storage drives Intel SSD DC P4500, adapting it to the new rule type format. With this new format, the company has managed to create the SSD with the highest capacity in the world, with an internal capacity of up to 32 TB, much greater than SSD with more traditional formats.

There are two major problems with storage, when we talk about servers. On the one hand, the consumption of energy that make traditional mechanical hard disks is quite superior to that performed with units of solid state. And, on the other hand, the expenditure of energy that has to be invested in the cooling of the servers, which usually require their own dedicated air conditioning system in the room, increases the expense of this type of operations in a substantial way.

The SSD are much less prone to these problems, since they consume far less than mechanical hard disks and also resist much better the high temperatures. However, the problem there is with SSDs is that their capacity of storage, so far, has always been much lower than the storage capacity mechanical hard drives, since they are constrained by the size of the formats physicists in that are marketed.

Aware of this problem, Intel decided to develop a new format for SSDs. This new format, called Rule uses a traditional M.2 connector, but the length of the PCB is much higher than the measures to which we are accustomed. The size of the outer casing is about 304.8 mm (12 inches) and, inside, Intel uses 3D NAND memory with 64 layers, manufactured by itself. Thanks to this new format, the manufacturer states that the new Intel SSD DC P4500they are capable of storing up to 32TB for each unit that uses the rule format, making it the highest storage density SSD in the world.

At the moment, the new Intel SSD DC P4500 will only be available for the enterprise and server market. But this does not mean that, over time, this new format storage could reach the personal computers (as they have done many other technologies previously). This new format, in conjunction with the reduction in prices that SSDs are suffering lately, could be the starting signal for the complete implementation of SSDs in the desktop market.