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Solid as a rock

I don't know whether to shout for joy or cry from sadness. Samsung has announced the world's first PC with a NAND flash-based solid state disk (SSD). The joy comes from the fact that the 32GB SSD makes Samsung's 12.1", 2.56 pound Q30 notebook completely silent. With the spinning hard disk drive gone, there is absolutely no noise. In addition, the SSD can withstand twice the impact force of a traditional hard drive, offers 300% faster reads (53MB/sec) and 150% faster writes (28MB/sec), boots into Windows XP 25-50% faster and weighs roughly half as much.

So how could I possibly be sad with all of these positives? Samsung has decided to throw the 32GB SSD into its ancient (in the computer world) Q30 notebook. This means that the notebook is based around the outdated 915GMS chipset and features Intel GMA900 graphics. That also means that memory is limited to DDR2 400 spec. The processor also is a rather meager 1.2GHz Celeron M 753. Not even a Pentium M at least?

For now, it appears that the Q30-SSD is a Korean market only notebook. That may be for the best as its $3,700 USD price tag would surely make potential buyers do a double take -- especially given the outdated components surrounding the fabulous storage disk.

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By Scabies on 5/23/2006 5:11:20 PM , Rating: 2
I was kind of hoping that we would see a more practical launch for this technology. I have had my eye on the Giga-Byte IRam ( seeing the potential for incredible performance and high durability. The IRam stores information like a hard drive, but on ram modules, requiring a battery backup to retain data on shutdown. A NAND SSD looks amazing, but in a weaksauce laptop.. too bad. They should come out with a standalone drive before they have integrated---
damn, what an idea. With this technology, we could end up seeing motherboards with integrated solid-state storage. BIOS, Processor, RAM, all on board? Would that not yeild blistering speed?

Also, this drive form factor is 1.8"
NAND-SSD RAID 0 anyone? *face melts*

By segagenesis on 5/23/2006 5:36:39 PM , Rating: 2
SSD disks are available already and have been for some years now but not targeted as average consumer devices. Some costing in the tens of thousands used for applications ranging from big iron server performance to military. This would be the first consumer oriented device and hopefully, not the last.

By SkAiN on 5/23/2006 6:45:49 PM , Rating: 2
Yes I remember in like 1999 the now-defunct had 2GB SSD's for around $10,000...

I remember drooling about it back then, it's good to see these are starting to come along. Hopefully the tech will be mainstream in the next couple of years.

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