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Samsung's laptop features a 32GB SSD

Samsung showed off a laptop at this year's CeBIT that uses 32GB of flash memory for storage. Recent drops in flash memory prices along with smaller-sized memory chips allows the prototype drive to occupy the same space as traditional 1.8" disk-based drives. This makes upgrades a snap for existing laptops.

Solid-States Disks (SSDs) allow for faster data access than current hard drive technology. The prototype laptop that Samsung showed off was able to boot (the operating system was not mentioned) in 18 seconds versus 31 seconds for the laptop with a regular hard disk drive.

Other benefits included durability to no moving parts and the fact that it is completely silent.

But for all the benefits, there still remains one big downside: cost. While flash memory prices have seen a steady decline, a 32GB SSD as seen in the prototype Samsung laptop would cost about $960 for the memory alone.






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