Samsung picks new PCIe 5.0 SSD testers as Intel and AMD prepare to release more processors with support for the faster storage interface
Samsung is said to be reshuffling its PCIe 5.0 SSD testing partners roster as it prepares to release products with the fast storage interface later in the year. Industry insiders report that Samsung recently held a meeting to pick new SSD testing suppliers in order to diversify its critical quality assurance processes on the runup to the PCIe 5.0 interface launch. In addition to its primary tester maker Exicon, Samsung pitted Neosem, Advantest and Teledyne and has since picked a secondary vendor.
Besides the SSD aging tester, Samsung was choosing an SSD post tester in a bidding war between Exicon and Neosem, too. The SSD aging tests consist of locking the storage products in chambers where extreme conditions like heat and humidity can be simulated. That's important for SSDs that will perform mission-critical functions like ones with the newest PCIe 5.0 interface that will be destined for hot data centers.
The post tests are done after manufacturing to ensure the promised number of read and write operations can be performed according to specifications before the products are shipped out to clients. Both AMD and Intel will be launching processors for server farms which support the fast PCIe 5.0 SSD interface in 2022, claims the report, and Samsung wants to make sure it has the SSDs to match when the time comes.