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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: are they really faster?
By ksherman on 3/22/2006 11:36:33 AM , Rating: 2
The target for these is not to replace or even compare to the WD Raptors. These are for laptops and other mobile devices. The HD performance in that sector/market is a bit worse than most-all Desktop HDs... Now with these SSDs being so small, most laptop manufacturs could probably cram two of them into a laptop, and run them in a RAID configuration... sweet stuff on the Horizon, too bad these are bloody expensive right now...

and my question is, since when were SSDs so small? [/Darth Vaders Theme Song] ;-)

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