It’s inevitable – Solid State Discs (SSDs) will eventually replace today’s moving part models. Specialists like SimpleTech already make 128GB SSDs, but unless you have a spare $50,000 in your pocket then they're probably out of reach. By contrast, Samsung has come up a consumer orientated alternative.
What it has created are the first SSDs to be based on NAND flash memory technology for notebooks, sub-notebooks and tablet PCs. It uses the industry’s current highest density 8Gb (Gigabit) NAND flash to build SSDs with capacities up to 16GB.
Sure, this is a lot less than the 100/120GB moving part models now available, but the results are still pretty impressive. Samsung claims its SSDs have a power consumption rate of less than five per cent of today’s hard disk drives, which should help extend laptop battery life considerably. It also weighs less than half a comparably sized HDD.
In addition, being free of moving parts, the Samsung SSD memory is more reliable, has minimal noise and heat emission and greater durability. The icing on the cake is Samsung’s SSD performance smashes that of a similarly sized HDD by more than 150 per cent, since it is able to read data at 57MBps and write at 32MBps.
To ensure compatibility, the company has built the SDDs to look like HDDs from the outside. There will be two lines: a 2.5in range which carries 16 NAND Flash devices of 4Gb or 8Gb to create 8GB or 16GB of storage respectively and two 1.8in models that offer 4GB or 8GB of space. The latter of these two ranges will be available from August and their evolution from PCs to incorporation in digital cameras, MP3 players and mobile phones will surely soon follow.
Faster, lighter, quieter, cooler, more durable storage – count me in. Of course, the major problem will be the (yet to be revealed) first generation prices…