Two months ago, Samsung announced its
II-based 64GB solid-state disk (SSD). The 64GB SSD promised read
speeds of 120MB/sec and write speeds of 100MB/sec.
Today, Samsung is doubling the capacity
of its latest SATA II SSD offering to 128GB. Instead of relying on
single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory, the new 128GB offering
makes use of multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash.
Unfortunately, performance dropped with
the new 128 SSD -- read speeds are down to 100MB/sec while write
speeds hover at 70MB/sec.
“Our SSD can be used by the widest
range of corporate notebooks, particularly where additional storage
is needed beyond what is typical in most business applications,”
said Jim Elliott, director of flash memory marketing for Samsung
Samsung's new 128GB SSD pales in
comparison to BiTMICRO's
massive 832GB SSD which was recently announced. Samsung, however,
has the advantage when it comes to availability and pricing.
Samsung's 128GB SSD will be available in the first half of 2008 with
pricing of at least a couple thousand dollars.
BiTMICRO's 832GB SSD, on the other
hand, won't be mass produced until the latter half of 2008 and will
likes cost tens of thousands of dollars.