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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 highlandsun on 7/27/2006 3:06:33 PM , Rating: 2
I suspect the only reason they've gone this route is because they had the PATA interface on the shelf already. I.e., this drive is nothing more than a 4GB CompactFlash card with TrueIDE support, surrounded by a 2.5" hard drive case. From a technological perspective, it's utterly boring. From a storage perspective, come on, there's already 8GB CompactFlash cards out there, you can do better than this.

The I/O rate is nice, but SanDisk already released their 8GB CF card with 40MB/sec read and write speed, so there's really nothing impressive here at all besides the promised price. SanDisk's 8GB CF is $640, this is 4GB at $100-200. All this tells me is that SanDisk's product is way overpriced...



By GTVic on 7/27/2006 3:46:20 PM , Rating: 2
Since Vista is 1-1.5 years away I think this product will change significantly by the time it is in demand.


By TomZ on 7/27/2006 4:05:15 PM , Rating: 2
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Since Vista is 1-1.5 years away I think this product will change significantly by the time it is in demand.

Are you being facetious? Vista is currently scheduled to release beginning of 2007, which is only around 6 months away.


By drank12quartsstrohsbeer on 7/28/2006 9:50:54 AM , Rating: 2
no kidding. I just bought a compactflash to IDE converter card from newegg for under $10.
Using it to replace a standard hard drive in an industrial machine. Because of the heat and vibration, we had been replacing the hard drives frequently. This converter plus a 2GB CF card was $80. More than enough room and speed to run DOS and the one application that controlls this machine.


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