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OCZ looks to Samsung for its latest solid-state drives

Earlier this week, DailyTech reported that Intel is hard at work on its next generation SATA II solid-state disks (SSDs). Intel's Troy Winslow said in a CNET interview that the next generation 80GB and 160GB multi-level cell (MLC) SSDs would most definitely be faster than offerings currently sampling from Samsung.

Winslow was referring to Samsung's recently announced 128GB SATA II SSDs which will begin shipping to customers during Q2. The drives use MLC NAND technology and offer read/write speeds of 100MB/sec and 70MB/sec respectively.

OCZ Technology is looking to throw its hat into the ring with an ultra-fast SATA II drive of its own. Customers looking for high-speed SSDs in 32GB and 64GB capacities will be happy to know that OCZ's new drives will offer read speeds of 120MB/sec and write speeds of 100MB/sec thanks to speedier single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash.

OCZ's drives look remarkably similar to Samsung's SSD flash drives and the read/write speeds match up perfectly with Samsung's 64GB SATA II SSD. Suffice to say, OCZ sources its latest SSDs from Samsung.

"There are many benefits of solid state drive technology over traditional disk drives including superior speed, reliability, and power savings," said OCZ Technology Executive Vice President Alex Mei. "Our newest SATA II drives are designed to further extend the advantages of this technology offering enhanced performance for high-end mobile solutions."

While the OCZ SSDs may be nothing more than Samsung units with its name slapped onto the front, OCZ's offering will have a significant advantage: retail availability. Samsung's 64GB SATA II drives are hard to come by on the retail market unless you purchase a notebook that already has one installed. OCZ's drive, on the other hand, will be available from a number of online retailers.

OCZ claims the MSRP for the 32GB and 64GB drives are $599 and $1099, respectively. The drives will start appearing at retailers like Newegg in the coming weeks. 




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RE: New Egg listing
By Gul Westfale on 3/12/2008 10:26:21 PM , Rating: 0
why are they so damn expensive? you can buy an 8GB flash memory card for around $50 these days, and 8x$50= $400 for a 64GB flashcard. why are SSD's so much more expensive? do they use different memory chips, or is there suddenly an acute shortage of SATA controller chips?


RE: New Egg listing
By daftrok on 3/12/2008 11:07:49 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks Wiki:
Until recently, solid state disks were too costly for mobile computing. As flash manufacturers transition from NOR flash to single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash and most recently to multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash to maximize silicon die usage and reduce associated costs, "solid state disks" are now being more accurately renamed "solid state drives" - they have no disks but function as drives - for mobile computing in the enterprise and consumer electronics space. This technology trend is accompanied by an annual 50% decline in raw flash material costs while capacities continue to double at the same rate.


RE: New Egg listing
By 16nm on 3/12/2008 11:14:14 PM , Rating: 2
But those little flash cards operate like molasses when compared to these drives. They're a whole other beast.

Around $500 for the 32GB sounds pretty reasonable. I am hoping to scoop up a 160GB one when prices come down some more.


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