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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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By obeseotron on 3/22/2006 11:51:59 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think they are claiming to be faster than a 3.5" drive, just a 1.8" drive. Most of these little drives have the 1-2 punch of a lower rotational speed and a slower speed reading from the outer part of the disk which does not spin as fast as the outer part of a disk with the same rotational speed, but larger diameter. Put an iPod in disk mode if you're curious to see how they perform, I have a 60GB 5G iPod, and it's pretty quick for what it is, but it's not half as fast as a 7200RPM desktop drive. This drive is probably primarily for high end thin and light notebooks, and will probably cost in excess of $1000.

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