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Samsung 2.5" SATA II Solid State Drive sample  (Source: Samsung)
Samsung cranks up the speeds of its solid-state drives

Solid-state disks (SSDs) are seen as the next plateau for mobile computing. Companies like Alienware and Dell offer the high-performance drives in their notebook computers and end-users can add SSDs to their own notebooks thanks to online retailers like Newegg.

Samsung first starting making waves in the SSD arena with its 32GB drive in March 2006 and followed up with a faster 64GB unit in June of 2007. Today, Samsung is once again stepping up its efforts in the SSD arena.

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.

"The 64GB SATA II SSD is based on Samsung’s cutting-edge NAND technology with dramatically improved performance specs that are taking system performance to a whole new level of efficiency," stated Samsung director of NAND flash marketing Jim Elliott.

Samsung's new SSDs also now compare favorably with Mtron's family of SSDs which are available in 2.5" and 3.5" form-factors. Those drives feature write speeds of 90MB/sec and read speeds of 120MB/sec.

Samsung is currently sampling the new SATA II SSDs and production examples should follow in early 2008.


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SSD market will take time to become cost effective
By mWMA on 11/5/2007 11:55:29 AM , Rating: 2
Considering that there are plenty of other uses of SSD in the market besides being a replaced for HDD it will take quite a while before it becomes even a common choice among notebook users to have SSD option for the same price as 160GB HDD. Even if SSD becomes cheaper due to mass production, company like apple, nokia, creative will eat the supply up for their products in MP3 and phone market.




By murphyslabrat on 11/5/2007 12:03:37 PM , Rating: 3
If memory being cheaper equals higher sales volume to the big OEM's, then that results in more profit being made. This, in turn, makes this a more profitable market, worthy of more attention. More development is made to reduce cost or increase performance, which results in a better product.

My point is that "compan[ies] like apple, nokia, creative will eat the supply up for their products in MP3 and phone market" is the best thing that can happen for the consumer.


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