Samsung has started mass production of their new PCI-Express SSD, named XP941. The new SSD fits a new form factor called M.2, measuring only 80 mm by 20 mm. It weighs a mere 6 g, which, according to Samsung, is nine times less than a standard 2.5-inch SSD.
Despite the SSD's size, it packs some serious performance. Sequential read performance can be as high as 1,400 MB/s. If that number means nothing to you, it translates to the SSD reading 500 GB of data in just six minutes; whereas a normal hard drive would need 40 minutes to do the same.
Despite the recent move to mass production, Samsung said that major notebook manufacturers have already received the new SSDs with capacities of 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB. So hopefully we will start seeing slim notebooks with blazing fast SSDs.