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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 Cincybeck on 3/22/2006 12:14:56 PM , Rating: 1
I'm going to stick my my foot in my mouth now. Found an article and the read and write speeds are 12MB/sec for read and 9MB/sec for the latter. Sequntial read access time is 30ns. At least for this particular controller chip.


RE: are they really faster?
By rrsurfer1 on 3/22/2006 3:18:43 PM , Rating: 2
Some new controllers feature much faster data throughput. The true increase in speed would be seen in the seek time, on the ns scale instead of like 12 ms for HDs. That means the data is there when the processor needs it. Even if throughput isn't as high, the processor will have more time to work with the data instead of waiting for the hard drive to spin up and find what it needs.


RE: are they really faster?
By sh7e95 bdy on 3/22/2006 3:43:05 PM , Rating: 2
I agree the much faster response times will be a great benefit, but I'd hold out for the benchmarks before passing judgement on how fast those response times are.

The lower power requirements and silent operation are quite appealing.


RE: are they really faster?
By Zoomer on 3/22/2006 10:46:02 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't that approaching pc100 latencies? 8ms vs 12ms.

Quite an improvement over 12ms. :)


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