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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Space Space Glorious Space

Samsung develop 16GB flash drive Samsung Electronics today announced that it has developed the first Solid State Disk (SSD) based on Flash-memory technology for consumer and mobile PC applications that can store up to 16 GigaBytes of information.

The NAND-based SSD is a low power, lightweight storage media for notebook and tablet PCs. Using the industry's highest density NAND Flash, Samsung say they can now build SSDs with a capacity of up to 16 GigaBytes.

The SSD has a power consumption rate less than 5% of today's hard disk drives (HDDs), enabling next generation mobile PCs to extend their battery life by more than 10%. Free of moving parts, the Samsung SSD memory has no noise and minimal heat emission. Moreover, it is a highly reliable storage media that endures exceptionally well in environments with extreme temperatures and humidity, making it suited for industrial and military applications.

The SSD's performance rate exceeds that of a comparably sized HDD by more than 150%. The storage disk reads data at 57 MegaBytes per second and writes at 32 MegaBytes per second.

To ensure compatibility, SSDs have been designed to look like a normal HDD from the outside. Samsung has developed a 2.5-inch SSD that carry either 8 GigaBytes or 16 GigaBytes of storage. Smaller 1.8-inch type SSDs will also offer 4 GigaBytes or 8 GigaBytes of storage.

The full range of SSD devices will be available in August this year.
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