This week, Samsung unveiled its 2nd-generation SmartSSD, a computer storage device that handles onboard data processing. This means the SSD doesn’t need to communicate and share data with the CPU, GPU, or RAM, improving performance across the board.
For example, Samsung’s new SmartSSD doesn’t lose speed or efficiency when a PC transfers app or program data to a CPU, nor does it need to send graphics to render on a GPU. Instead, the SmartSSD does all of that itself, freeing up all those CPU and GPU cores for other tasks.
The 2nd generation drive offers huge benefits, which could be a game changer. In the press release, Samsung reports a 50% increase in processing speeds, 70% efficiency savings, and a nearly 97% reduction in CPU usage.
“The SmartSSD is playing an increasingly important role. Especially with the growth of next-generation technologies such as AI, machine learning and 5G/6G, which require large amounts of data processing.”
With ordinary solid-state drives, the storage device sends information to the CPU or GPU, which must then be read, processed, and completed. Samsung’s SmartSSD does all that itself. This technology can increase performance, reduce bottlenecks and deliver significant improvements in performance and efficiency across the board.
Samsung’s new SmartSSD uses an AMD Xilinx Versal FPGA system to perform all processing tasks. For now, these next-generation smart SSDs are focused on AI and machine learning for business use, but in the future, we can expect this kind of technology to trickle down to mainstream products.
Unfortunately, Samsung has not shared any pricing details nor has it mentioned a release date.