Sunday, February 17, 2008

Samsung Offers SATA II Solid State Drive in Volume Production


I've been happily reporting for the last few months that Solid State Drives (SSD's) are the future. No moving parts make these devices much more durable and reliable (think iPod Nano vs. vinyl LP). The main stumbling point up to now has been drive size. With my current MacBook Pro having a 120GB HDD, I really don't want a notebook, or any computer for that matter, with a smaller hard drive.

Another evolution has been annonced as Samsug puts 64GB SSD's into production. It won't be long now before the SSD becomes as large as normal HDD's and then the HDD death spiral will begin. Check out the press release from Samsung for more info.

SEOUL, South Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced today that it has begun mass producing 64 GB solid state drives (SSDs) with its new SATA II interface, offering the highest performance rates in the industry for premium notebook PCs.

Able to read data at 100 megabytes per second and write it at 80 megabytes per second, Samsungs SATA II SSD is up to 60 percent faster than SATA I drives and performs two to five times faster than conventional hard disk drives (HDDs). It also consumes nearly 75 percent less power than typical HDDs (1.45 watts compared to 2.1 watts) and at 73 grams, SSDs are much lighter than HDDs.

While there will always be a market for HDDs, we see growing demand for our new SSDs, especially now that they are available with the SATA II interface, said Jim Elliott, director, flash marketing, Samsung Semiconductor. SSD technology is especially viable for the business and high-end consumer notebook markets because of its outstanding performance, as well as the added value gained from virtually no downtime and faster operating speeds.

Extremely reliable, the SATA II SSD is comprised primarily of single-level-cell NAND flash memory, has no moving parts, is noise-free, produces very little heat and is much less susceptible to the shocks and vibrations that can be challenging to traditional disk drives. The new SATA II SSD can resist up to 1500 Gs of shock in a half millisecond compared to a shock resistance rating of 300 Gs in 2 milliseconds for a typical HDD.

Samsung said its 64 GB SATA II SSD, which began shipping earlier this month, will be available as an option within the next few weeks in select Dell and Alienware notebooks.

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