February 5, 2023

Samsung has quietly revealed that it is working on the next generation of SSDs (solid state drives) with the upcoming PM9C1a. The company plans for the drive to provide “increased computing and gaming performance on PCs and laptops” for everyday scenarios.

With that design philosophy in mind, the PM9C1a (opens in new tab) will use the proven PCIe 4.0 (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) expansion bus for more consistent performance (PCIe 5.0 drives are still in the works). To boost the older standard, the upcoming drive will be “integrated with a new controller based on Samsung’s … 5-nanometer process (and) seventh-generation V-NAND technology.” Translated into plain English, this means the PM9C1a will have better performance and energy efficiency compared to previous offerings.

Speed ​​and efficiency