Samsung is already a leader in the NAND memory market and it appears that the company is getting ready to get a leg up on its competition. A new report out of South Korea claims that Samsung has recently developed a Z-NAND chip and a controller optimized for this chip. It’s expected to start mass production of this new memory chip from next year.

According to the report, these new memory products are in test production phase at this point in time and Samsung has only recently started discussing supply with potential clients.

Z-NAND memory products will be smaller in capacity as they’re based on a single level cell. One bit is allocated to each cell. The smaller capacity notwithstanding, Z-NAND memory products will offer gains in speed and power efficiency.

It’s claimed that a Z-SSD featuring this sort of a NAND ship will have a reading speed that’s about seven times greater than conventional solid state drives.

Samsung is reportedly gearing up to mass produce Z-SSDs in order to compete with the 3D Xpoint SSD technology from Intel. This next-generation memory product from Intel promises speed and durability that greatly surpasses that of existing NAND-based products on the market.

Samsung has not yet commented on its plans for Z-SSDs.

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