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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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RE: Maybe later
By OxBow on 6/26/2007 3:39:08 PM , Rating: 3
Probably later since I'm not in the market for storage right now, but...

$500 to $2000 for one of these drives seems a tych excessive, but there are some out there who'll pony up that kind of cash for the bleeding edge. That's why they call it the bleeding edge. As for the OEM's, they're buying most of these in bulk for 4q'08 devices and very few of these drives will trickle into the open market for at least another couple quarters. That's not to say this goodness isn't coming to retail, but whether I buy now or "maybe later" is really moot, since "later" is really your only choice.

That's not saying I wouldn't love to have one of these, but there are a lot of things I'd love to have and don't, so...

I'd really like to see these soldered into motherboards right in line with the BUS and cutting out the IDE, SATA or Raid interfaces. Put a flash hard drive clocked at the same BUS speed as the rest of the system and use it for boot/OS jobs. This would speed up most computers beyond belief. Add in a second 15k low gig hard drive for apps and a whopping 1tb drive for storage. That'd be worth all the hype.

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