GOODRAM announces IRDM Ultimate NVMe M.2 PCIe Gen 5 SSD, offering 10GB/s read speeds
GOODRAM's new PCIe Gen 5 interface comes when manufacturers adopt the new standard to ensure that solid state drives can achieve as high as 14 GB/s read speeds. While the company is still working towards that goal, GOODRAM is presenting the IRDM Ultimate to offer 10,000 MB/s of reading speeds and 9,500 MB/s of write speeds. This new SSD from the company will be the fastest SSD manufactured by them.
GOODRAM's new storage utilizes a Phison E26 controller that accesses 3D triple-level cell flash (TLC) modules. 3D TLC flash is a NAND flash memory that stores three bits per data cell. The flash memory also goes by X3, MLC-3, and 3-bit MLC. The most common uses for 3D TLC flash modules are consumer SSDs, mobile phone storage cards, digital camera storage, USB drives, and business-level SSDs. The memory modules are more cost-effective than single-level and multi-level cell flash memory.
Manufacturers of NAND flash memory use TLC with 3D NAND flash. The memory cells are stacked vertically on the chip, allowing more data levels than the previous 2D NAND flash. The 3D memory also allows for higher densities at more cost-friendly amounts for consumers and businesses. Samsung, which offers its version of 3D NAND flash memory, refers to its technology as V-NAND.
GOODRAM did not disclose a launch date for the new SSD. The company reports that it will offer the IRDM Ultimate in two capacities, the lowest at 1TB ad the highest at 4TB. The prototype for the IRDM Ultimate was on display at IFA 2022, presenting a relatively large heatsink. Companies are anticipated to begin offering PCIe Gen 5 components as early as November 2022.