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Samsung SATA II SSD hits factories, due soon

updated 02:45 pm EST, Fri February 15, 2008

Samsung Fast SSD Enroute

Samsung on Friday followed past promises and began mass production of the Flash SSD SATA II, its highest-performance solid-state drive to date. The new 1.8-inch, 64GB disk has both the added potential bandwidth of the Serial ATA II interface as well as much faster actual speed than its SATA I predecessor: at 100MB per second in reading data and 80MB per second for writes, the drive is about 60 percent faster than the outgoing drive. The speed also places the new Flash SSD ahead of many conventional drives in raw transfer speed rather than just the low latency advantage common to most SSD storage.

The drive is also claimed to be significantly more power-efficient than conventional, rotating 1.8-inch equivalents and consumes less than 1.5 watts while active versus the 2 watts of the older, less shock-proof technology.

Samsung has also named its earliest customers for the advanced drive and says that both Dell and its gaming label Alienware will be the first to provide the drive as an option "soon," most likely replacing existing 64GB options in higher-end desktops and notebooks. The SATA II connection works with most standard SATA I or II ports but makes the drive unusable for the MacBook Air and some other ultraportables, which rely on a Parallel ATA connector.

by MacNN Staff



  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Cool news!

    Once it doubles in size (128GB) I will be all over it.

    I wonder who will be first, Samsung with the 128 or Apple with a new MacBook/MacBook Pro ;-)

    Enough already Apple, bring it on!

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    we already know...

    they are faster than Platter-based Hard Drives_

    Don't care_

    We want Bigger Capacities - to match thos of platter-based Drives_

    Until then - the amrket will be slim to none_

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Express Card

    many people would buy Express Cards that are as fast, even if it's like 4gb or so.

  1. macbones

    Joined: Dec 1969



    big capacities will come quick. This may kill the platter drive in short of 2 years.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Some of you are SO wrong.

    Size? This is to use as ur OS disk, u need it to be noiseless and fast like h***. Do u need space? Buy 1 TB disks. The only downside with this for the next 2-3 years is the price. Thou i wouldnt hasitate to pay 200 dollar to have it just for windows and programs on it. But I bet the price will be 500+++ bucks at start... And btw, Stripe raid works much better on SSD then on normal hdds.

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