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Samsung rolls out its highest capacity 1.8" flash SSD

Back in March, Samsung announced its 64GB flash Solid State Disk (SSD). The 1.8" unit promised read speeds of 65MB/sec and write speeds of 45MB/sec.

Samsung today revealed that it has started mass production of its new drive. The 64GB SSD uses 64 eight gigabit single-level cell (SLC) flash memory chips which are built on a 51 nanometer manufacturing process.

"We see sharply increasing interest in SSDs among OEMs worldwide amid a growing push to launch premium SSD-based notebooks, particularly in the ultra-mobile category," said Jim Elliott, director, flash marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.

Samsung's 64GB SSD will likely appear at online retailers and inside ultra-portable notebooks (and UMPCs) within the coming weeks and months.

SSDs have the advantage of low power consumption, low weight, durability, silent operation and high performance. These advantages are expected to allow SSDs to account for 29 percent of ultra-portable notebooks and 25 percent of mainstream notebooks according to iSuppli.

The benefits afforded by SSDs are offset by one major deficit: pricing. 1.8" SSD are currently around five times more expensive than their 1.8" HDD counterparts. By the year 2010, that differential is expected to only drop to three times as expensive.

For those that simply can’t wait for the 1.8” 64GB SSDs to arrive, the older and slower 32GB version (53MB/sec reads, 30MB/sec writes) is available online for the princely sum of $529.

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Not for me
By FITCamaro on 6/25/2007 10:27:00 AM , Rating: 0
I personally wouldn't consider using one of these until they've been out at least 3-4 years. I want to see that they last that long before I'd spend the kind of money they want. Unless they're willing to replace them if they stop working.

RE: Not for me
By BladeVenom on 6/25/2007 10:45:43 AM , Rating: 5
Flash memory isn't anything new. The only thing keeping me from buying one right now is the price.

RE: Not for me
By codeThug on 6/25/2007 6:58:21 PM , Rating: 1

RE: Not for me
By Archmaille on 6/25/2007 10:46:39 AM , Rating: 3
That's what warranties are for... of course you probably won't get a 3 year warranty that will cover it fully, and you probably did something wrong during purchasing/installation that will void it anyways. But yeah I'm with you, I'd love to have SSD for my computer just not right now. I'll stick with a couple of RAIDed HDD's for now.

RE: Not for me
By therealnickdanger on 6/25/2007 10:48:28 AM , Rating: 2
One would hope that the same warranty periods apply to these as to the standard HDDs. As with everything: performance will go up, price will come down. I hope Intel fulfills their promise to release phase-change memory at the end of the year. Based upon what I've read so far, it looks like it may be a superior and less expensive alternative to flash. Time will tell.

In the mean time, I just picked up another 500GB HDD for $100 from Newegg. Very nice. :P

RE: Not for me
By TomZ on 6/25/2007 1:22:34 PM , Rating: 3
I don't see the point in waiting. IDE flash drives have been the primary drive for many embedded military and industrial applications for many years. The only thing new here is the size is larger and the cost/GB is smaller - other than that, it's just more of the same, nothing revolutionary.

RE: Not for me
By GoogleFreak on 6/25/2007 4:21:14 PM , Rating: 2
Everett Rogers would be proud.

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