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.