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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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That's nice and all....
By murphyslabrat on 11/5/2007 11:59:29 AM , Rating: 1
What I am waiting for is announcements to the tune of "<insert company here> breaks the $1/GB mark with their SSD's!"

Raptors are nice and fast, but they are priced prohibitively. SSD's are nice and fast (now faster than Raptors across the board), but that means nothing if the disk is 25% of the cost of the PC. High performing media is excellent, but that money would be better spent on upgrading "my CPU, Heatsink (VGA or CPU), video card (I guess there is little reason to spend more than $250 right now...), RAM, or motherboard. Those things give a much more real benefit.

Sure, they may be work excellently in UMPC's, they may be more resistant to fall damage (not a consideration if you're playing Portal), they may suck less juice; but at the end of the day (or fiscal year) it's $400 for a component that gives a relatively marginal boost.

For battery-life, just spend only $50-$200 on a better/bigger battery; for fall damage, it's likely that you're gonna buy a new computer anyway. This cost renders SSD's unattainable for all but those with the capital to spare for every margin possible. There is simply no "productivity justifies the cost" argument here, unless the cost is no object.

Heck, my preferred price is "free," but maybe I can just wait till I can get a 32 or 64 GB drive for under $60.

RE: That's nice and all....
By kileil on 11/5/2007 1:18:27 PM , Rating: 1
Well if Samsung ditched the brushed aluminum case, laser etched logo, and genuine unicorn horn carrying case they could probably shave $20 off the drive pictured above.

RE: That's nice and all....
By snipermav on 11/5/2007 1:39:31 PM , Rating: 2
they may be more resistant to fall damage (not a consideration if you're playing Portal


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