Sabrent has confirmed that it will release its first 16TB (and probably 2,5-inch only) SATA business SSD sometime this summer.

"Returning [in December 2020] when this 16TB SSD was announced shortly after, Phison found issues with the driver being used and canceled the project," a spokesperson told TechRadar Pro.

«La bonne nouvelle dans les problèmes a été correctée et nous nous attendons à voir très bientôt des échantillons d'ingénierie de SSD. Donc, in brief, it will be a good product, we will come soon, if everything goes well after I have tested the samples.”

16TB M.2? not so fast

The unit is likely to use Micron's 96-layer QLC packages with a Phison E12S controller. We don't know what the price will be, but given that you can buy an 8TB SSD for just €749 (Amazon's Samsung 870 QVO (opens in a new tab)), we'd be unpleasantly surprised if Sabrent sold its 16TB behemoth. unit for more than €1500, below the price of €100/TB.

The target audience will be businesses looking to replace older 2,5-inch hard drives that have reached a capacity limit. No new 2,5-inch 5TB portable drive has been announced in recent years. Vendors like Seagate and WD have focused their efforts on 3,5-inch models, with 20TB models already available and 50TB models in development.

An esteemed editor at our sister publication Anandtech wrote in 2019 that no one wanted more than 16TB per SSD, but Sabrent insists there would be a huge demand for one, likely fueled by post-Covid demand. And the company already produces a portable SSD of this capacity that includes two 8TB SSDs.

But when will we see a 2TB M.16-class SSD? The obstacles are many, even if the technology exists.

Micron announced a 232-layer NAND chip earlier this year, and China's YTMC is expected to follow suit later in 2022. That's more than double the capacity of the 96-layer NAND used by Sabrent in its Rocket Q SSD. and it should be enough even for 2TB M19,2 SSD. And drivers shouldn't be a problem, since there's technically no hard upper limit on storage capacity.

The biggest problem remains power, both in terms of consumption and heat dissipation. Could the current M.2 spec provide enough power without the need for an external power supply? The jury is still out.

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