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Samsung MLC SSDs promise 20 times improvement in lifespan

Throw a rock in the tech world and it can’t help but hit a few research firms touting the fact that solid state drives (SSDs) will be replacing traditional HDDs in computers of the future. The SSD has some benefits, but for now the price and capacity of the SSD simply rule it out for enterprise and consumer use for the most part.

Samsung announced that its latest SSDs are now in volume production. The new SSDs will be available in 128GB and 64GB capacities. The capacity isn’t what sets these drives apart, rather it’s the multi-level cell (MLC) technology used in the Samsung SSDs.

According to Samsung the new MLC SSDs are capable of providing read speeds of 90MB/s and write speeds of 70MB/s -- performance on par with SSDs using single-level cell technology. The difference is that SSDs built on the MLC technology offer about a 20 times improvement in the typical 4-5 year lifespan of a PC hard drive. Power consumption is another big feature of the MLC SSDs with requirements for 0.2 watts in standby and 0.5 watts in active mode.

Jim Elliott, VP memory marketing for Samsung Semiconductor said in a statement, “With the 64 GB and 128 GB MLC SSDs, we are satisfying the density requirements of most business users and many PC enthusiasts, who will appreciate not only the performance gains and added reliability, but also the more attractive pricing.”

Samsung says that the MLC SSDs will use a 3 Gbps interface and that the 128GB uses 64 MLC NAND flash memory chips of 16 gigabits each and is enclosed in a brushed metallic casing measuring 100mm x 69.8mm and 9.5mm thick. Samsung declined to comment on the pricing of the SSDs.

Samsung first announced the 128GB MLC SSD in January and it is just now entering mass production.

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What ever happened to this?
By kenji4life on 7/9/2008 1:37:50 PM , Rating: 3

Both the size and the speed of this drive (also MLC) sounded much more impressive. But now that they are going into production it's another story?

Personally, I am waiting to jump on the SSD bandwagon until I can get a 250gb for <$250

That sounds silly now, but I hope in a year we can look back and laugh at people paying the current premiums and gloat in all of our cheap, fast, SSD glory.

RE: What ever happened to this?
By Screwballl on 7/9/2008 1:58:40 PM , Rating: 3
Personally, I am waiting to jump on the SSD bandwagon until I can get a 250gb for <$250

Yes, I think the $1 per GB level will be when it will start gaining widespread adoption at the consumer level. Especially when companies stop charging an extra $100 to replace your 80GB platter based laptop drive with an 8GB SSD flash drive...

RE: What ever happened to this?
By kamel5547 on 7/9/2008 4:22:02 PM , Rating: 2
I beg to differ. I think at $1 / GB we'll see adoption at the enterprise level and core enthusiast level. Basiaclly the same people who currently buy 10K hard drives now. I think widespread consumer adoption will take a far lower price point (.25-.5 per gigabyte), and then only if prices for HDD's do not keep improving.

Most people don't think about data safety until after they've lost their data, and others simply just want the lowest price.

RE: What ever happened to this?
By hadifa on 7/9/2008 7:00:58 PM , Rating: 4
And I beg to differ. The mass adoption will happen even before 1$/GB. A $64 64GB drive for a laptop is a steal as well as adequate for most people. for desktops, people will use two units.

For example having one $80 80GB SSD as the fast drive and one 1TB 7200rpm spinning HDD for mass storage of videos, music and all the other stuff that don't need to be speedy.

At least, that's how I see it.

RE: What ever happened to this?
By Clauzii on 7/9/2008 9:14:51 PM , Rating: 2
Well, they can still make, since the original statement just said "later this year" :)

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