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.