Hugely ambitious plans from the hugely ambitious Koreans.
Despite being one of the most exciting technological developments in recent years, solid state hard disks were arguably the let-down of 2007. After all, despite numerous claims that the reliable old HDD’s days were numbered they simply didn’t appear in any great quantities or at affordable prices. Arguably, the same can be said already of Q1, but Samsung is determined 2008 won’t turn out to be another damp squib.
Speaking to CNet, Samsung flash marketing manager Michael Yang outlined the company’s ambitious plans beginning with a 128GB consumer ready model by Q3.
Yang admitted that Samsung had hoped such a capacity would be available before the end of Q2, but that despite this delay the multinational would be heavily stepping up production while also prepping a MLC-based 256GB SSD for release in Q4. Don’t get too carried away though, MLC (Multi Level Cell) storage is a system which stacks multiple bits of data to reduce costs, but it also effects performance compared to SLC (Single Level Cell) methods used currently.
Still, with Yang predicting SSD price drops of between 35 and 45 per cent year-on-year it shouldn’t be long before most of us can look forward to the benefits of their lightening quick access times, minimal power draw, reduced weight and greater durability.
Interestingly, Yang went on to say that Samsung will also look to rework the shape of SSDs, given that existing 1.8in and 2.5in models simply employ this form factor to fix existing case designs. Since the SSDs themselves can actually be made far smaller than this, it seems only logical to do so saving bulk and materials. Sadly Yang didn’t suggest what designs Samsung has come up with – but I’d be surprised if we don’t see a proposed new standard soon.
Time to nudge an SSD nearer the top of your shopping list…