Jayesh MansukhaniJul 28, 2006 11:00:54 IST
Samsung has announced a new range of 4 GB Solid State Disks (SSD) which can be used with existing HDDs to boost performance under Windows Vista. The SSDs are built on Samsung high-speed NAND flash memory.The new flash based SSD take advantage of Microsoft's new Windows ReadyBoost technology which has been designed to improve system responsiveness and eliminate long load times for applications.
Windows ReadyBoost caches user data to the flash SSD in the background without any user intervention. When the user or an application then requests data, it is quickly retrieved much faster than with a traditional HDD. Whereas a HDD can perform 100-200 requests per second, Samsung's SSD can service up to 5,000 requests per second.
Samsung's 4GB SSD device will be quite the versatile addition to any notebook or desktop PC. Not only can it be used in conjunction with traditional HDDs, but it will also be compatible with upcoming hybrid hard drives which will give users a second source for ReadyBoost (yet another still comes in the form of thumb drives plugged into a free USB port). And as an added bonus, Windows compresses the information on a ReadyBoost device which means that the 4GB SSD would actually cache 8GB of user data.