Print 43 comment(s) - last by tygrus.. on Jul 28 at 10:12 AM

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.

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

By TomZ on 7/27/2006 8:39:33 AM , Rating: 2
I think your thesis would be more correct if you apply it to devices, not motherboards. New devices should use new interfaces, e.g., as you said SATA instead of PATA and PCIe instead of PCI.

But for motherboards, they should, and will, include both "legacy" and new interfaces for some time to come since not all devices, both pre-owned and new, use the newer interfaces yet. For example, most CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs are still PATA. Many types of expansion cards are basically PCI only still.

By shamgar03 on 7/27/2006 9:02:12 AM , Rating: 2
I am not really sure the performance benefits of sata are really that great to justify upgradeing at this point. I don't really have the numbers to back that up, but I can't really tell the difference in speed between my raptors and my 80gig ATA100 driver. If you aren't doing alot of file transfers or digital editing it doesn't make sense to pay premium for sata...

By TomZ on 7/27/2006 10:29:35 AM , Rating: 2
The benefits of SATA to the end user is in terms of the better cabling and jumperless configuration. There shouldn't be, in the longer term, any price difference between SATA and PATA.

"Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?... So why the f*** doesn't it do that?" -- Steve Jobs
Related Articles

Most Popular Articles5 Cases for iPhone 7 and 7 iPhone Plus
September 18, 2016, 10:08 AM
Automaker Porsche may expand range of Panamera Coupe design.
September 18, 2016, 11:00 AM
Walmart may get "Robot Shopping Carts?"
September 17, 2016, 6:01 AM
No More Turtlenecks - Try Snakables
September 19, 2016, 7:44 AM
ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment in Children: Problem or Paranoia?
September 19, 2016, 5:30 AM

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki