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Samsung doubles the capacity of its SSD

The battle in the solid state disk (SSD) arena continues to get fiercer as Samsung has announced a new 1.8" 64GB SSD to accompany the existing 32GB unit. The new drive offers read and write performance that has been increased 20 percent and 60 percent respectively over the latter offering.

Samsung's new 64GB SSD takes advantage of SLC flash and offers read speeds of 65MB/s and write speeds of 45MB/sec. The older 32GB SSD drive introduced last year puts up numbers of 53MB/sec and 30MB/sec respectively.

For comparison, SanDisk lists the read speeds of its newly announced 2.5" 32GB SSD drive at 67MB/sec -- write speeds were not given. Adtron’s latest SSDs trump both offerings, however, with read speeds of 65-70MB/sec and write speeds of 65-55MB/sec.

Samsung expects that the market for SSDs will jump dramatically over the next four years. The company is forecasting that shipments will jump from 2.2 million units in 2006 to 9 million in 2010. Likewise, sales are expected to rise from $56 million USD in 2006 to over $6.8 billion USD in 2010.

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Where are the SATA 3.5" versions
By PAPutzback on 3/27/2007 11:00:21 AM , Rating: 2
So we have low power drives and CPUs now. If only the GPU companys would think small and cool we could be running high performance SFF PCs. I'd use Intel matrix raid on couple of these with 1 raid 1 volume and 1 raid 0.

RE: Where are the SATA 3.5" versions
By FITCamaro on 3/27/2007 11:26:52 AM , Rating: 2
GPUs capable of truly complex graphics will never be small or cool. Modern GPUs have 3-4x the transistors of processors (if you don't count the cache which is half or more of the transistors of a CPU today). That means larger dies, more heat, and more power. Integrated chipsets can be made relatively small, cool, and power efficient but they won't be capable of truly complex graphics.

RE: Where are the SATA 3.5" versions
By Madzombie on 3/27/2007 12:47:29 PM , Rating: 2
I still think there's a market for low-power, mid end GPUs. Power consumption increases with voltage squared, and voltage requirements increase with clock speed. That means that a doubling in clock speed often multiplies power requirements by over 4x. My idea is to have a large die GPU with perhaps 16 pipelines that operates at a relatively slow clock speed of 200-250Mhz, along with a correspondingly low voltage. That would give similar fill rate to the 400-500Mhz 8 pipeline cards that are common in mid-end mobile GPUs but with reduced power consumption.

RE: Where are the SATA 3.5" versions
By KernD on 3/27/2007 7:05:43 PM , Rating: 2
The reason they don't do this is there profit margin, 16 pipes would cost more to make then 8 and would give the same performance, clocking it higher is easy and doesn't cost much more, just a little better cooling.

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