Jayesh MansukhaniMay 24, 2006 16:30:49 IST
In a follow-up to Samsung's NAND HHD SSD release they have decided to release notebook computers that will use their new drives instead of conventional hard drives. Flash memory has long been spoken of as a potential replacement for hard-disk drives because it works faster, is lighter and more shock-resistant. However it's still more expensive. Despite the costs, flash memory chip prices are coming down to a range that might enthuse power users to adapt leading the way for mass adoption. Samsung has built 32 GB of NAND flash memory into a case the same size as a 1.8-inch hard-disk drive. The so-called "solid state disk" (SSD) has the same interface as a hard-disk drive, so it can be directly substituted with little extra work.
The devices being released are the Samsung Q1, described as an "ultra-computing device”. It willl be partnered by the Q30, a 12.1-inch notebook PC. The retail price for the Q1-SSD will be 2.3 million Korean won, (about $2,430), while the Q30-SSD will retail for 3.5 million won (about $3,700). Performance wise two devices will boot approximately 25 percent to 50 percent faster, reading and writing data has been measured at 53 Mbytes/s and 23 Mbytes/s, respectively, significantly faster than a typical 4,200-RPM hard drive.
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