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Samsung's 32GB Flash-SSD is official

We reported earlier this month that Samsung had shown off a prototype of its new 32GB solid-state hard drive at CeBIT. Samsung has now announced that it has officially introduced the drives for the mobile sector.

According to Samsung, the 32GB Flash-SSD weighs half as much as a comparable disk-based dives and reads data three times faster and writes 1.5 times faster. It also uses roughly 5% of the electricity needed to run a comparable mobile hard drive. It is also completely silent and free of moving parts.

The commercialization of Samsung's 32GB Flash-SSD is a historic milestone for storage devices as it marks the initial entry of NAND flash memory in the mass mobile PC market. Samsung sees the overall global SSD market surging from US$540 million in 2006 to US$4.5 billion by 2010.

Pricing and availability have not yet been announced for the new drive.

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Would not mind having this
By creathir on 3/22/2006 10:50:11 AM , Rating: 2
I would love to see some info on how it handles load times and some good performance specs on it. Hopefully Anandtech will review it soon.
- Creathir

RE: Would not mind having this
By Oderus on 3/22/2006 11:00:10 AM , Rating: 2
Anandtech actually had a similar benchmark test for Gigabyte's Flash-PCI card which used older DDR memory to make one static partition. The results were good but not revolutionary. As this article states, it's much faster reading, a little faster writing and very quiet. I'm sure the performance will be similar to the gigabyte device.

RE: Would not mind having this
By TomZ on 3/22/2006 11:06:31 AM , Rating: 2
Anandtech actually had a similar benchmark test for Gigabyte's Flash-PCI card which used older DDR memory to make one static partition.

Are you talking about their their i-RAM or a different Gigabyte product that uses flash memory?

RE: Would not mind having this
By creathir on 3/22/2006 3:51:46 PM , Rating: 2
I did see that...
I suppose the greatest performance hurdle is not the actual memory itself, but the interface. If I remember correctly, that card kicked the data out to a SATA connector. What really needs to be done is for a HIGH SPEED connection to be made between the north bridge and the the storage device. Had the card gone directly through the PCI slot (instead of just getting power off of that slot) it would have had some serious bandwidth between the south bridge and the PCI card. Then I would think you would see some serious benefits performance wise.
- Creathir

RE: Would not mind having this
By Zoomer on 3/22/2006 10:43:53 PM , Rating: 2
They should make it for a PCIe x8 slot. Woohoo! Now you're talking! :)

Given the deluge of mobos that have these stupid 2nd physical x16 (electrical x4 or x8) slots, it'll be a blast.

Having more dimms slots would be good too. Why can't they fit 5 slots on both sides of the card? 1GB x 10 = 10GB. It'll be a great device to load all your games up to and be the 1ST to load any map. :p

RE: Would not mind having this
By FearaFox on 3/22/2006 7:59:56 PM , Rating: 2
what will be the most useful for mobile users is the amount of power needed to run the device. that combined with the increase read and writing performance (no matter how negligable) is just a win-win situation.

only problme will most likely be the price and capacity, but those will get better with time

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