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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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By NainoKami on 7/27/2006 4:11:39 AM , Rating: 2
I do see the point of moving to newer technology, but if you have a PCI soundcard that you paid $ 8000 for, you're not going to be happy when you upgrade to a new PC and can't use it... It's an annoying fact that most people can't afford to replace an entire system - especially when they have expensive I/O interfaces and such.


By Dfere on 7/27/2006 7:51:12 AM , Rating: 2
Hello? Is this thing on? $8000 for a soundcard? How does that relate to PATA? (you shoulda used AT's RTE! or at least pricewatch).

New technology always has some legacy issues, but in this case, not many.


By rrsurfer1 on 7/27/2006 8:06:13 AM , Rating: 2
He's definitely refering to some professional hardware. There are plenty of high-end I/O cards costing that much.


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