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SSD Breakthrough Sees Performance Hit 9.5GB Per Second

Gordon Kelly


SSD Breakthrough Sees Performance Hit 9.5GB Per Second

Following the news Seagate is preparing a 3TB HDD, the question was posed: how will SSDs follow that? The answer: emphatically.

Speed and power consumption are arguably an SSD's biggest assets and now researchers at the University of Tokyo working with Nikon have unveiled a breakthrough which sees them hit mind bending new levels.

Focusing on how SSDs write their information the team has come up with the 'Single-cell Self-boost method' which is rather complex, but in essence uses a new form of ferroelectric NAND (the building blocks of flash memory). This results in less power needing to be stored in NAND cells with the main voltages held in a 'floating gate' between them. The result is a reduction in SSD power consumption by a stonking 86 per cent (sub one volt) and the always-ready floating gate has led to incredible write speeds of up to 9.5 gigabytes per second!

The inevitable downside to all this is with the breakthrough just being announced not even the slightest hint of a date has been put on bringing the technology to retail devices. Then again planting one of these SSDs in one of today's computers would simply result in bottlenecks galore elsewhere so we're not missing too much in real terms as yet.

Still it's nice to know one part of the future is ready!

Link: TechOn (contains detailed look at the technology)


May 20, 2010, 7:36 pm

<cynic> Oh good, another way for SSD prices to increase </cynic>

Seriously guys, start coming up with ways to reduce the price per GB. SSDs are fast and efficient enough already, isn't it time for them to stop price fixing and start to reduce the ridiculous prices?


May 20, 2010, 8:37 pm

@ChaosDefinesOrder SSD prices are coming down all the time. If nobody innovated we would still be living in caves.


May 20, 2010, 8:44 pm

I agree, I just want the damn SSD's to get anywhere near affordable... I mean should I really pay 450$ for 160 gigs?


May 20, 2010, 9:14 pm

new tech should make older tech cheaper...... hopefully at least!

Russell Peto

May 20, 2010, 11:30 pm

@gingerbreadman85: sadly it's a bit of a catch 22

10: high demand makes high supply

20: high supply makes tech cheaper

30: cheaper tech makes high demand

40: GOTO 10

(with apologies to BBC BASIC)


May 20, 2010, 11:33 pm

One wonders whether the era of having unified RAM & non-volatile memory systems in a PC might soon be upon us?


May 21, 2010, 1:15 am

Oh sweet lord im salivating over those numbers. I'm desperately awaiting intels 25nm shrink near the end of the year. Should mean 80Gig for a decent price. The 9.5GB can be my second SSD drive :)


May 21, 2010, 5:23 am

@aliko - I'd pay it a long time before I'd pay $450+ for a graphics card ;)

@Beaky69 - bit to go yet I'd say

@Runadumb - yep, fingers crossed for circa £100 for 80GB

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