News: SK hynix Unveils “Gold S31” Consumer Solid-State Drive on Amazon

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We’ve known SK hynix as one of the biggest memory and semiconductor manufacturers on planet Earth – mostly as OEM for big brand names like Apple. But this time, they’re out with SSDs under their own banner.

It’s called the Gold S31 SSD and comes in 1TB, 500GB & 250GB sizes. Interface is SATA III with 560MB/s read and 525MB/s write.

The exciting part is, all the key components are designed & built in-house, including the controller. This is a soup to nuts operation folks, they control everything end-to-end, ensuring optimal (in theory) performance – and it comes with a 5 year warranty!

Read the press release below:


Gold S31 SSD Offers Best Performance and Quality for PC 

Seoul, August 15, 2019 – SK hynix Inc. (or ‘the Company,’ www.skhynix.com) announced today the launch of its “Gold S31” solid-state drive (SSD). Gold S31 (SATA III – first generation) is the first of the Company’s new SuperCore series of consumer SSDs, an internal drive lineup based on SK hynix’s core technology.

With its speed and reliability, SK hynix’s Gold S31 will be a perfect choice for all PC users, particularly for gamers, designers, and content creators. Gold S31 pushes the limits on high-performance SSDs, providing users the next level of speed with sequential read speeds up to 560MB/s, as well as superior quality, reliability, and five-year warranty.

The 2.5-inch drive supports the SATA III interface based on 3D NAND Flash technology, and is now available in 1TB, 500GB and 250GB capacities on Amazon U.S.

All key components in Gold S31, from NAND Flash and built-in controller to DRAM and firmware, were designed and produced by SK hynix. The in-house components are built for robust performance and reliability.

Gold S31 will be offered exclusively on Amazon U.S. this year, but is expected to expand to other North American and European markets starting next year, when a PCIe version of the SSD can also be expected.

“SK hynix has been supplying global PC OEMs with high-quality, competitive SSDs since 2013, leveraging its proven quality and reliability as the world’s leading memory provider,” said Kook Won, Head of Global Sales & Marketing Strategy of SK hynix. “The launch of Gold S31 with Amazon U.S. will be a meaningful opportunity to expand the experience of SK hynix’s SSDs to consumers.”

About SK hynix Inc.

SK hynix Inc., headquartered in Korea, is the world’s top tier semiconductor supplier offering Dynamic Random Access Memory chips (“DRAM”), Flash memory chips ("NAND Flash") and CMOS Image Sensors ("CIS") for a wide range of distinguished customers globally. The company is listed on the Korea Exchange, ranking the second largest in market capitalization as of August 1, 2019, with revenue of KRW 40.45 trillion won in 2018 and a 23% share in the global memory market**. The Global Depository shares are listed on the Luxemburg Stock Exchange. Further information about SK hynix is available at www.skhynix.com.

Product Specifications: Gold S31*

Interface: SATA III
 Product Type: Internal SSD
 Form Factor: Standard 2.5”
 SSD capacity: 1TB/500GB/250GB
 NAND Flash: 3D NAND Flash
 Controller: SK hynix Controller
 Sequential Read: up to 560MB/s
 Sequential Write: up to 525MB/s
 Warranty: 5 years

* Performance may vary based on system hardware, operating system, SSD capacity, individual usage pattern and other system variables.

** Source – IHS Markit, Technology Group, DRAM Intelligence Service – 2019 and NAND Intelligence Service – 2019, July 2019. Market share in terms of revenue for combined DRAM and NAND memory. Results are not an endorsement of SK Hynix. Any reliance on these results is at the third party’s own risk. Visit technology.ihs.com for more details.

All registered or unregistered trademarks are the sole property of SK hynix.

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