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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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A price problem
By DeepBlue1975 on 6/25/2007 4:33:45 PM , Rating: 2
A pitty the only problem I can think of, about this technology, is its price.
You get what you pay for: ultra fast access times, very low power, completely silent operation plus less generated heat.

I think we have to hope for early adopters to dry the market of these so production "feels forced" to increase and prices are driven down.
These drives are the future, the only bad thing is that such a future seems to me like being long years away (low capacity + high price = hardly massively adoptable).

A cheap 16gb SSD would make a great boot drive I guess, and at a price point of less than 100 usd I'd totally buy one even if it makes for a lacklustre price/storage ratio.

RE: A price problem
By TomZ on 6/25/2007 10:25:44 PM , Rating: 2
Flash has a long way to go to catch up with magnetic HDDs in terms of density and price, like 5-10x. That spread will narrow, but it will be with us for a long time still. I think in 10 years for example, you'll see some percentage of drives being SSD - like maybe 25 to 50% - but HDDs will still exist for the "big jobs."

RE: A price problem
By pugster on 6/28/2007 5:54:49 PM , Rating: 2
Figure that Samsung lost money selling ddr2 memory chips, now they are manufacturing more chips for these drives

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