Samsung SSD Enters Mass Production

If you've been following the development of the Solid State Drive, you have likely been only marginally impressed versus dazzled.  It's not hard to see the potential in SSDs, but they've been held back by size, price, and for a reason we're still trying to fathom, PATA to SATA converters that typically eat a fair amount of transfer capacity.

A few firms have gotten rid of the converters, but Samsung is doing one better.  They're going native SATA II and entering mass production.

"Due to the inclusion of the SATA II interface on the new refresh, transfer rates on the new 64GB SATA II SSD will increase 60 percent from SATA I versions of the same drive. Instead of the 65 MB/sec read and 45 MB/sec write speeds of the previous PATA SSD drive, the SATA II flavor will produce a maximum write speed of 120 MB/sec read and 100 MB/sec write speeds."

With improved reliability over mechanical drives and virtually no access time to speak of, this might finally be the start of SSD's big break.  This leaves the only compromises we can see as overall capacity and price/GB.
Via:  DailyTech
Tags:  Samsung, SSD, SD, Sun, MS, product, amsung, pro, AM
Comments
recoveringknowitall 6 years ago

Is it possible that we will see a SSD that will oust the performance of a raid 0 array comprised of Raptors?

peti1212 6 years ago

I can see that actually happen. Solid State Drives are getting more popular now and I bet they will work on some improvements over the years to come. It is still very new technology but it will come to computer systems very quickly in the comming years. I have a friend who has a very tiny laptop that uses a solid state drive. It is very nice, cool and not really breakable.

jtm55 6 years ago

Hi All,

It'll be great when SSDs Performance finally meets expectatations. Once that happens the price will come down to a point where they will rival mechanical drives. I can't wait!

tsancoso 6 years ago

I can't see the price of SSDs ever falling below HDDs, but I don't think they need to in order to be competative.  At least for my operating system/programs/games storage requirements, I can easily see paying 10 times as much for a SSD, because there is real value gained in having those things load quickly, and no amount of CPU power can prevent the system for slowing to a crawl when the HDD thrashes. 

The problem is that right now the price of SSDs is more like 100 times times as much as HDDs. If I use OCZ's entry ($1095 for 64 GB at Newegg ) and Western Digital's 1 TB Caviar ($235.80 at ZipZoomFly), I get ~73 times the price per GB.

Also, it seems like a lot of manufacturers are using MLC NAND memory for their SSDs, as opposed to SLC NAND, which is less dense but has higher transfer rates and something like 10 times the life span. [rant] I can't see paying top dollar for MLC NAND.  If the point of an SSD is to keep small, frequently accessed, and frequently modified files, then I need to know the drive will last. [/rant]

werty316 6 years ago

I think it'll be a while before SSD drivers catch on due to their price vs. performance ratio. 

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