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Samsung 2.5" SATA II Solid State Drive sample  (Source: Samsung)
Samsung refreshes 64GB SSD with faster SATA II interface

Solid-state drives (SSDs) are the new hype in high-speed storage solutions and with each new launch comes improvements over the last. Currently, storage space is what many manufacturers are focusing on due to the demand by consumers.

There are still a few details that certain manufacturers are bringing up to speed. Many of the key players in the SSD game are still implementing a PATA interface on their solid-state products which is holding these devices back from performing at the highest levels. This is the reason for Samsung Electronics' most recent launch announcement.

Samsung announced in a press release that its 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch 64GB SSD with a SATA II interface is now in the mass production stage. The new SATA II version of the drive was announced in Q4 2007 and is said to remove the bottlenecks of the PATA interface used in the previous version of the drive.

According to the director of Samsung Semiconductor's flash marketing department, “While there will always be a market for HDDs, we see growing demand for our new SSDs, especially now that they are available with the SATA II interface.”

Due to the inclusion of the SATA II interface on the new refresh, transfer rates on the new 64GB SATA II SSD will increase 60 percent from SATA I versions of the same drive. Instead of the 65 MB/sec read and 45 MB/sec write speeds of the previous PATA SSD drive, the SATA II flavor will produce a maximum write speed of 120 MB/sec read and 100 MB/sec write speeds.

Additionally, because the drive is based on solid-state memory technology, the 64GB SATA II SSD will be able to withstand 1500Gs of shock within a 1/2 ms span, roughly 3 times the amount of shock a traditional hard disk drive would be able to withstand in 2 ms.

Pricing information on the 1.8-inch 64GB SSD is not officially available since these drives are currently an OEM-only option, however, it seems that PC makers such as Dell and Alienware are providing solid-state drives as a $1,000+ option in certain high-end notebook systems.

Recently, Samsung also announced a 128GB SSD using multi-level cell NAND flash which is scheduled for a mid-2008 launch with costs speculated to be around the $2,000 mark. With prices this high, only the super-enthusiasts will opt for these products.

That said, drives such as BitMICROs 832GB SSD that is scheduled for a H2 2008 launch will be completely out of reach for anyone but the mildly wealthy under current price schedules.

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By Quiescent on 2/15/2008 1:23:48 PM , Rating: 2
I am so glad that my Eee has revolutionized the use of SSDs. I am quite happy with my Eee.

Though, to be honest, of learning about SSDs just that more, wouldn't the read/write speeds actually be a different measurement for SSDs considering the exclusion of seek time? Or is that already included in the calculation?

I am still a little upset at the pricing, but I do believe that as SSDs become more in demand, the price will have to drop. There is a demand for CHEAP SSDs, not just for having an SSD. I would even enjoy higher capacity SSDs in my desktop, if they were to be priced similar to harddrives.

RE: Glad
By just4U on 2/15/2008 1:44:03 PM , Rating: 2
Well by the looks of it, we will be seeing alot more of them so they should come down in price as the years go by. Perhaps sometime in the next 5 years or so they might accually become mainstream! That would be nice as I have no intentions of paying over a grand for a hard drive.

STILL I suppose it's cheaper then the early 90s. I do recall paying 50 bucks a meg for ram way back when.

RE: Glad
By HrilL on 2/15/2008 9:25:58 PM , Rating: 2
heh I remember getting 2MBs for 200 bucks back in the day and and inflation has also dropped the dollar a quite a bit since then.

RE: Glad
By thornburg on 2/15/2008 1:47:24 PM , Rating: 2
I am so glad that my Eee has revolutionized the use of SSDs.

EEE's are cool and all, but they did not revolutionize the use of SSD. SSD's star was already rising before Asus announced the EEE.

The EEE doesn't even use what most people are referring to when they say "SSD", as it is not (to my knowledge) a standard form factor drive, but simply normal flash-based storage. If the EEE counts as SSD, then I would have to say that Palm was the real innovator of SSD storage... and cell phones brought it to the masses.

RE: Glad
By somedude1234 on 2/16/2008 1:42:49 AM , Rating: 2
wouldn't the read/write speeds actually be a different measurement for SSDs considering the exclusion of seek time? Or is that already included in the calculation?

It's already included, the benchmarks are measuring how fast you can read and write data to the device, how the device goes about doing that isn't important.

However, seek times on traditional HDD's will have a much greater impact on random IO operations. The 100 / 120 MBps transfer speeds quoted in the article are most definitely obtained doing large block sequential transfers, where seek times are largely irrelevant anyway.

If you REALLY want to see an SSD shine vs. a standard HDD, you'll want to run some database benchmarks on it, where small random IO operations are the order of the day.

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