May 27, 2008
Samsung Electronics announced that it has developed the world's fastest and largest-capacity 2.5-inch solid-state drive, at 256 Gigabytes.The SATA II multilevel cell-based drive reads 200 MB per second and writes 160 MB per second, making it more than twice as fast as a standard hard disk.
According to Jim Elliott, Samsung vice president for memory marketing, "The notebook PC is on the brink of a second stage of evolution. This change is comparable to the evolution from the Sony Walkman to NAND memory-based MP3 players, representing an initial step in the shift to thinner, smaller SSD-based notebooks with significantly improved performance and more than ample storage." Samsung claims a mean time between failures of one million hours, plus power consumption as low as 0.9 watts in active mode. The drive will also feature a solid data encryption process. Samsung expects the drive to be in mass production by the end of the year.The Inquirer
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