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