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Samsung solid-state NAND hard drives will be cheaper than reported, more versatile

Earlier today Samsung announced its 4GB solid-state NAND hard drives. The 1.8" and 2.5" devices will primarily be marketed for enthusiast and high-end desktops supporting Microsoft Windows Vista's ReadyBoost feature.

A DailyTech competitor claims "Samsung confirmed to TG Daily that the SSD is likely to be priced below $200," implying the price of the drive would be just under $200.  In fact, when DailyTech talked to Samsung the company confirmed that the device will cost significantly less than that, perhaps as much as $100 less. The company has not released pricing on the drive yet, but current prices on the NAND spot market quote 4GB of flash memory between $62 and $70.  Samsung Semiconductor's Director of Flash Marketing, Don Barnetson, was able to confirm that a slight premium on these prices was more in line with real pricing of the drives.

Samsung clarified during our conversation that the initial versions of the SSD will feature a Parallel ATA interface as opposed to the newer Serial ATA interface use in notebooks and PCs. Additionally, many of the chipsets Intel is releasing do not support the PATA interface so Samsung will definitely need to think about switching to SATA sooner than later. The SSD drives can be mounted in a PC using mechanical mounts or a 2.5-inch slot.

According to Samsung, the 4GB SSD should be ready to ship in time for the Vista launch, and features 57MBps read speeds and 31MBps write speeds and up to 5,000 operations per second.

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RE: Going to raid them
By mendocinosummit on 7/26/2006 6:36:19 PM , Rating: 2
$400 for 16GB? I doubt that is the intention of the 4GB SSD's. I would only use them to make boots faster and programs to run faster.

RE: Going to raid them
By bunnyfubbles on 7/26/2006 11:54:52 PM , Rating: 1
depending on how much space vista requires to install, I'd think you could get it all on these SSDs and completely bypass the need for the caching feature (which I fail to believe will be all that amazing, worthwhile maybe)

After that, it would be cool if Vista could work off of the SSDs and still having its caching feature work for additional drives, such as the hybrid drives...

As far as iRAM, it seems much like a gimmick unless its price really comes down and you have some old RAM lying around - then maybe it'd be ok for swap/temp files (otherwise I don't think you'd need anything more than the SSD).

RE: Going to raid them
By Googer on 7/27/2006 1:39:48 AM , Rating: 2
$400 for 16GB? I doubt that is the intention of the 4GB SSD's. I would only use them to make boots faster and programs to run faster.

You would be better off with the latest Generation Seagate 15k.5 SCSI or SAS perpendicular recording hard drive that features a blistering 120+ MB/s transfer rate.

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