While most of the talk surrounding solid state drives (SSDs) tends to centre on their speed, durability and power saving qualities price is normally a tender subject - but perhaps not anymore...
Following its multi-level cell breakthrough in May which promised larger capacities and even higher speeds at vastly reduced prices Samsung has revealed what it has in store for the budget crowd.
The company has begun sampling low-density, higher performance SSDs using this same technology to produce highly "cost efficient" (read: cheap) 8GB, 16GB and 32GB models which are aimed primarily at the budget subnotebook market (read Eee PC, Wind, One, etc). Even better, the new line is described as "only 30 per cent of the size of 2.5in SSDs" (my maths suggests that is 1.75in, not 1.8in) which would even better suit their ultra portable nature.
As for performance, here things really start to get tasty. At the 32GB capacity, 90MBps read and 70MBps write speeds will be possible, 90MBps read and 45MBps write at 16GB and 90MBps read and a still respectable 25MBps write for the tiny 8GBer. All of which represent a different league to current subnotebook/netbook SSDs.
Excitingly mass production will start on this new range in September and with the SSD marketed expected to increase by 57 per cent annually until 2011 it seems like we're all keen to get in on the action.