Samsung’s latest solid-state drive (SSD) is smaller than a postage stamp and offers 3X speed of standard SATA hard drives.

Samsung’s latest solid-state drive (SSD) is smaller than a US postage stamp, and weighs about the same. The new SSD, which goes by the catchy PM971-NVMe moniker, is “the industry’s first NVMe PCIe solid state drive in a single ball grid array package,” Samsung says. Its tiny size (20mm by 16mm by 1.5mm and 1 gram) means it will fit nicely in next-generation PCs and ultra-slim notebook PCs. Samsung PM971-NVMe SSDThe PM971-NVMe is 18 chips in one: it packs 16 Samsung 48-layer 256-gigabit (Gb) V-NAND flash chips, one 20-nanometer 4Gb LPDDR4 mobile DRAM chip, and a high-performance Samsung controller.

The device “triples the performance of a typical SATA [Serial AT Attachment] SSD,” Jung-bae Lee, senior vice president of Samsung’s Memory Product Planning and Application Engineering team, said in a statement. “The introduction of this small-scale SSD will help global PC companies to make timely launches of slimmer, more stylish computing devices, while offering consumers a more satisfactory computing environment.”