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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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RE: Interface
By oTAL on 3/22/2006 10:57:46 AM , Rating: 2
I dont' think they could make an IDE interface for a 1.8" drive... even if they did one, it would be so small it would look serial =p
All joking aside, any new products coming out will mostly feature serial connections. I'm guessing this one isn't an exception. So it'll be sata or something similar.

RE: Interface
By Eug on 3/22/2006 11:25:21 AM , Rating: 2
Current 1.8" drives are generally IDE.

RE: Interface
By TomZ on 3/22/2006 12:27:19 PM , Rating: 2
The updated picture makes it clear that it is an IDE interface. Too bad.

RE: Interface
By Jedi2155 on 3/22/2006 4:36:04 PM , Rating: 2
ATA5 is the IDE 66 MB/sec spec. So these will probably be slower than our typical hard drives base on the interface itself. So these won't be as fast as we hope unless they move them to a SATA interface. Or even the ATA-7 spec.

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