We reported earlier
this month that Samsung had shown off a prototype of its new 32GB
solid-state hard drive at CeBIT. Samsung has now announced that it
has officially introduced the drives for the mobile sector.
According to Samsung, the 32GB Flash-SSD weighs half as much as a comparable disk-based dives
and reads data three times faster and writes 1.5 times faster. It
also uses roughly 5% of the electricity needed to run a comparable mobile hard
drive. It is also completely silent and free of moving parts.
The commercialization of Samsung's 32GB
Flash-SSD is a historic milestone for storage devices as it marks the
initial entry of NAND flash memory in the mass mobile PC market.
Samsung sees the overall global SSD market surging from US$540
million in 2006 to US$4.5 billion by 2010.
Pricing and availability have not yet
been announced for the new drive.
quote: would cost about $960 for the memory alone
quote: These are going to be hell of alot faster then any hard disc drive because, there are no moving parts, it's NAND Flash Memory...I believe they'll be limited by the ATA interface whether it's SATA or SATA 2.
quote: And as for the $960 I think you're quoting the price of the memory needed for I-RAM drive reviewed on anandtech, once again this is NAND Flash Memory not DRRAM...
quote: NAND Flash memory is exciting but I would like to see it incorprated into a new interface other then SATA, which I believe slows it down. The ultimate imho would be to connect it directly to AMD's Hypertransport..
quote: Anandtech actually had a similar benchmark test for Gigabyte's Flash-PCI card which used older DDR memory to make one static partition.
quote: It also uses roughly 5% of the electricity needed to run a comparable mobile hard drive. It is also completely silent and free of moving parts.