Samsung announced that it has developed a high-performance, low capacity, and super compact SSD dedicated to the growing netbook market. The drives will boast 8, 16, and 32GB capacities in a form factor that is roughly 30% smaller than traditional 2.5″ drives. These new drives will start production next month. According to the press release,
The low-density Samsung SSDs use the same high-performance SATA II controller technology as that being used on Samsung’s just-introduced MLC-based 128GB SSD.
Samsung’s new MLC-based SSD at 32GB capacity will read data (sequentially) at 90MB/s and write it (sequentially) at 70MB/s Ã¢â‚¬” performance levels much greater than low-density SSDs on the market today. The 16GB reads at 90MB/s and writes at 45MB/s, while the 8GB reads at 90MB/s and writes at 25MB/s.
““We’ve refined our manufacturing techniques and redesigned our low-density SSDs to get what the low-priced PC market is looking for in the way of improved cost, performance and availability,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Jim Elliott, Vice President, Memory Marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc
Hopefully with these new drives, the prices of netbooks will finally start dropping to their anticipated $300-$400 sweetspot while still offering a decent amount of performance and storage capacity.
Via Akihabara News