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Samsung inches closer to making SSDs more mainstream

When it comes to storage technology on computers, hard drive technology has advanced the slowest as far as performance is concerned. Companies like Samsung are looking to Flash Solid State Disks (SSDs) to replace the spinning disk and reduce loading times for applications.

SSDs have the advantage of rapid response times without having to wait for a hard drive to spin up/seek and have drastically reduced power consumption compared to traditional hard drives. SSDs use zero watts when not being accessed, and as little as 200 milliwatts during read/write activities.

Given the lower power requirements, company’s like Sony and Fujitsu are looking to Samsung to provide SSDs for their mobile computers. Samsung also uses its SSD drives on the Q30 notebook and Q1 UMPC.

Samsung announced today that it has produced samples of the world's first 16Gb NAND flash memory device built on a 50 nanometer process. The multi-level cell (MLC) design uses a 4KB page size instead of the 2KB used in competing designs. As a result, read speeds are double that of 2KB designs while write speeds are increased by 150%.

The increased storage capacity and faster write speeds will help Samsung reach its goal of producing 128GB SSDs by the first half of 2008.

Samsung will begin mass production its new MLC 16Gb NAND flash memory chips in Q1 2007.

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By dice1111 on 1/3/2007 10:37:31 AM , Rating: 2
Any idea if these SSD's will be in the standard 3.5" HDD format for case mounting and such?
Sounds like they could be a lot smaller, which would mean case mounting trouble, depending on the adapters used.

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By SunAngel on 1/3/07, Rating: -1
RE: Format
By StevoLincolnite on 1/3/2007 10:49:46 AM , Rating: 1
Doesn't matter what format they come in, Mods and 3rd party stuff would surely be around, Especially if it became the norm.
I'm waiting for one of these to plug into my laptop. About 16gb would be able to hold all my MP3's and probably another 16Gb for my music videos.

My original drive (100Gb 7200rpm) died in my laptop, And I didn't have the several hundreds of dollars, (Australian) to replace the damn thing, so went with a 40gb. Now I'm looking for alternative storage mediums cheap enough via USB, or Firewire.

RE: Format
By Visual on 1/3/2007 1:36:49 PM , Rating: 2
The chips that the article speaks about have 16 gigabit (Gb), not gigabyte (GB) capacity. So back the enthusiasm down a byte...
Ofcourse they can use eight chips in a device, or even more, thus matching the capacity you were just all hip about. But it will be expencive, way out of the league of magnetic storage for the time being.

RE: Format
By jelifah on 1/3/2007 2:27:14 PM , Rating: 4
You are waiting for SSD hard drives so you can store your 30GB MP3 and music video collection? Are you kidding?

The performance improvement will be seen by installing the OS on one of these. Just slap your music and videos onto any old external hard drive and call it a day.

Besides, if you are hesitating to spend $100 for a 100GB hard drive now then your pocketbook will not be able to handle the cost of the SSD 16 GB hard drive upon initial release. We're talking late 2008, probably 2009, before these are affordable in the mainstream, if even at that time.

RE: Format
By Dactyl on 1/4/2007 3:39:29 AM , Rating: 2
I'm waiting for one of these to plug into my laptop. About 16gb would be able to hold all my MP3's and probably another 16Gb for my music videos.
I want to get an 8-way K8L setup as a server for my music videos so I can stream them to my laptop when I'm at home.

And I'm getting two 8800GTXs in SLI so I can play Half-Life 2 at 3 more FPS.

Then I'm going to get a T1 cable so I can send email to my grandmother once a week.

I'm going to transport all of this in my 6-ton SUV that I bought so I could carry my bicycle into the mountains on weekends.

And then I'm going to shoot myself in the head with a $170,000 matched pair of antique pistols first used during the Revolutionary War by a British general.

My body will then be consumed by a pair of prize-winning show cheetahs raised since birth by Kenyan royalty, hand-fed nothing but mussels for the first eight months of their lives.

RE: Format
By xsilver on 1/4/2007 9:39:33 AM , Rating: 2
lol - for the blissfully ignorant, I have no doubt that all you said is true -- probably except the pistols because lives are too cheap to waste on nice pistols ;)

RE: Format
By MarblesZA on 1/3/2007 10:56:45 AM , Rating: 2
I would assume these would be 2.5" drive like those which are currently available. You can buy 16gig drive from reputable online stores here in the UK under the brand Super Talent. Granted they for the princely sum of £360.

I have been wanting an SSD based box for around 4 years now. I think it will be a while before I can even afford a basic sized model.

RE: Format
By RMSe17 on 1/3/2007 11:35:24 AM , Rating: 2
I dont know if they would do it, but it would be very easy to take a 3.5" drive "wrapper" and shove a bunch of those 16Gb parts into it, and tie in the enable pins to the address pins, to differentiate between modules.. or they could do it by other means.. I am used to address based activation in my projects.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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