The company has announced a new generation of 64GB SSDs which use 8Gb, 50nm single-level-cell (SLC) flash memory chips. The drives, which will be available in 1.8" and 2.5" form-factors, also feature a new SATA II interface for faster performance.
The faster chips and SATA II interface gives the new SSDs sequential write speeds of 100MB/sec and sequential reads of 120MB/sec. These numbers completely obliterate the previous Samsung 64GB offering which is rated at 45MB/sec write and 65MB/sec read. Samsung's first-generation 32GB SSD is rated for 30MB/sec writes and 53MB/sec reads.
quote: Huh? 10-20 years ago? Maybe I've been in a coma, but last time I checked, flash memory was not even available 10 years ago, much less 20.
quote: Some areas are more prone to change, for example the file index. Even accessing it will modify the "last accessed date" (at least under NTFS).
quote: Can anyone comment on the differences between flash memory used in SSDs and those used in other flash drives?
quote: they may be more resistant to fall damage (not a consideration if you're playing Portal