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Samsung reveals 128GB SSD, 500GB notebook HD

updated 09:45 am EST, Mon January 7, 2008

Samsung 128GB SSD and More

Samsung has updated its storage lineup with two of its largest drives yet in their respective categories. The company's simply-titled Flash SSD (solid-state drive) has now doubled in size to 128GB, allowing it to more closely match the capacity of traditional disks but exceed them in performance. The new model is faster than before and writes new data at 70 megabytes per second while reading back at a quicker 100 megabytes per second, all the while eliminating the lag that plagues spinning disks. It also operates far more efficiently and consumes just 0.5 watts while active, according to Samsung.

The drive connects through a Serial ATA interface (including SATA II) and is meant as a drop-in replacement both for 1.8-inch drive bays in ultraportable notebooks and handhelds as well as 2.5-inch spaces for typical notebooks. Samsung expects to roll out the SSD in the first half of 2008 but has not named any customers or indicated whether it will offer stand-alone pricing.

Samsung has also become the second company along with Hitachi to announce a 500GB notebook-class hard disk. Although an unprecedented density for a notebook, the Spinpoint M6 model still meets the same 9.5mm height as most other notebook disks and spins at 5,400RPM, providing performance as good or better than many lower-capacity drives. It comes with drop protection and an 8MB buffer and should be available as an option for SATA-equipped notebooks in March.

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  1. legacyb4

    Mac Elite

    Joined: May 2001


    can't wait

    to replace my 120GB laptop drive with an SSD someday... although by the time prices come down far enough, 128GB will probably be way too small for data needs by then.

  1. UberFu

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2002


    i have to agree w/

    testudo's - first post_

    An article talks about comparitive pricing over 2 manufacturers products_ The article states that the 2nd company's product is to be cheaper than the 1st company's product_

    There are No prices_

    There is a link to a previous article talking about the 1st company's products and plans_ No where in the linked article does it mention ANY pricing_

    @markIt1 - thanks for the pricing comparison - but like I said nothing was mentione din the article_

    And Samsung is using different technology methods than Toshiba to arrive at similar products_

    Where did you get the comparison for the Consumer vs Enterprise SSDs? yes there are experimental 256Gb models being announced - but nothing above 128Gb is being mass-produced just yet_

    Some companies are promising 256Gb drives before the end of the year - but that's it_

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