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Western Digital unveils advanced QLC SSD with next-gen performance
Wed, 20th Mar 2024

The digital landscape is undeniably increasing, making data storage an indispensable facet of future technologies. This explosively expanding sector requires advanced solutions that deliver unparalleled performance, capacity, and reliability while being economical. Recognising this, Western Digital has released its latest PC SN5000S NVMe SSD, a product integrating next-gen QLC (quad-level cell) performance, created to provide PC OEMs with a PCIe Gen4x4 solution proficient in handling demanding workloads.

According to research firm IDC, QLC NAND is predicted to energise over 50% of client SSDs by 2026. Market demand thus calls for a solid, high-performing solution from a reputable, trusted brand. QLC NAND has emerged on the scene as one of the latest technologies, enabling the wider market to access higher-capacity SSDs at affordable prices. The class-leading PC SN5000S NVMe SSD, which capitalises on Western Digital's unique vertical integration, pushes the envelope on what was previously thought possible, notably enhancing QLC technology performance, robust endurance, and reliability.

The Western Digital PC SN5000S NVMe SSD is designed as a cost-effective solution tailored specifically for notebook and desktop systems. This DRAM-less PCIe Gen4 SSD presents PC OEMs with several notable advantages over previous models. Firstly, it boasts a 17% increase in sequential read speeds and a 16% increase in write speeds, enhancing overall performance. Additionally, it showcases a 15% improvement in random read speeds and a 13% improvement in write speeds compared to its predecessors.

Compared to its TLC predecessor, the SN5000S offers faster I/O speeds and reduced read/write latencies, improving the user experience during intensive operations such as loading applications, copying files, and booting the system. Western Digital's fully optimised in-house controller and firmware play a significant role in facilitating quicker market access and ensuring stringent quality control for the SSD.

Moreover, the SN5000S NVMe SSD stands out for its enhanced power management, resulting in a notable 20% gain in active usage power efficiency over the previous generation. This feature makes it particularly well-suited for highly mobile solutions where power consumption is critical.

For added protection of user data, the SSD includes features such as a dedicated boot partition and options for TCG OPAL 2.02 and ATA security integrated with RSA-3K and SHA-384 encryption methods. These security measures help ensure data integrity and confidentiality, giving users peace of mind regarding sensitive information.

Introducing new-generation products like the Western Digital PC SN5000S NVMe SSD will raise the bar for data storage solutions and QLC technology. These products address the high-performance demands of a digital future while optimising costs and enhancing speed, capacity, and reliability.