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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 sh7e95 bdy on 3/22/2006 3:33:47 PM , Rating: 2
These are going to be hell of alot faster then any hard disc drive because, there are no moving parts, it's NAND Flash Memory...I believe they'll be limited by the ATA interface whether it's SATA or SATA 2.

Samsung was using a slow 1.8” 30 GB drive to compare against the flash drive. That hard disk doesn’t even come clost to Raptor speeds. When the flash drive is compared to a 36 GB Raptor, throughput is about the same. Granted, random I/O should be faster on the flash drive, but overall I’m not impressed with flash performance.

The interface won't even come close to limiting this flash drive. Read speed for the flash drive is 57 MB/s.

And as for the $960 I think you're quoting the price of the memory needed for I-RAM drive reviewed on anandtech, once again this is NAND Flash Memory not DRRAM...

Also, the drive really is priced at $960. newsid=1196

NAND Flash memory is exciting but I would like to see it incorprated into a new interface other then SATA, which I believe slows it down. The ultimate imho would be to connect it directly to AMD's Hypertransport..

I do like the idea of using Hypertransport for end devices, but it isn't likely with the advent of PCI express and SAS. Not to mention, SATA is more than enough for flash or future hard disk drives.

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