Samsung Flash Drives May Replace Hard Disks

    May 25, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

Beginning in August, the Korean electronics manufacturer will start mass-producing solid state drives.

A solid state drive (SSD) based on Samsung’s NAND flash memory technology could spell the beginning of the end for traditional hard disk drives.

The NAND based solid state drives will have a minuscule power consumption of less than 5 percent of what a traditional hard disk uses today. An improvement on that level would be a tremendous boon to mobile computing, where battery life can matter greatly to traveling users.

Also, the NAND based SSDs weigh about half of a comparable hard disk. The flash memory has no moving parts that can be jarred or broken with heavy computer use. Heat emissions from the drives will be lower as well.

Samsung notes the media will be reliable in extreme temperatures and high humidity. Data transfer rates offered by the drives will outperform standard hard disk drives by about 150%. The SSD storage reads data at 57 MB per second, and writes at 32 MB per second.

The drives, which resemble micro disks externally, will be produced in 2.5 inch sizes and capacities of 8 GB and 16 GB storage respectively. Also, a smaller 1.8 inch drive capable of 4 GB or 8 GB storage is in production and will be offered.

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