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Samsung Unveils 'Mini Card' SSD Standard

Gordon Kelly


Samsung Unveils 'Mini Card' SSD Standard

Here's something to get the blood pumping a little faster: Back in February 2008 Samsung said it wanted smaller SSD form factors. We had heard nothing since, until now...

This week the Korean family mega-corp has announced it will be throwing its weight behind an SATA II mini-card form factor, a design 80 per cent smaller than a regular 2.5in drive. The killer aspect however is Samsung claims performance will be right up there with the top SSDs on the market.

The secret to this lack of speed/size compromise is Samsung will be producing the mini-cards with 40nm memory and using its own in-house controller. The result will be a first wave of products in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities with read and write speeds of 200MBps and 100MBps respectively. Topping things off is power consumption of just 0.3W so battery life will be improved too.

Samsung says it will be pushing to make mini-card SSDs an official JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) standard and is hopeful its might will lead to speedy ratification.

We await timescales and - naturally - pricing, but the Samsung mini-card could be an ultraportable laptop's dream...


via Electronista


June 24, 2009, 10:50 am

Does this offer and advantage over the the 1.8" hard drive standard that already exists?


June 24, 2009, 2:15 pm


Not only is it smaller, it looks like it's using MiniPCI-e, so manufacturers can build a socket that can take lots of different expansion cards - AND it can be fitted into existing laptops with a spare slot, I hope... (there's not just PCI-e ×1 in that there edge-connector folks, also USB2, SMBus, WiFi LEDs, and SIM card reader pins!)


June 24, 2009, 2:30 pm

Its about time people started making use of mini PCI-e. Got two of them sitting unused in my lappy with nothing good to shove into them.


June 24, 2009, 6:54 pm

Those front screw holes look very close to the edge.

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