Samsung launches 32GB Flash disk in 1.8-inch form factor for portable computers

“Samsung is first to announce a Flash storage device that aims to completely replace the traditional hard drive in some mass market mobile computers. The 32 GB solid state disk (SSD) drive comes in a 1.8″ form factor and reads data at more than twice the speed of hard drives. Best of all: The SSD is promised to consume 95% less power than a hard drive,” Wolfgang Gruener reports for TG Daily. “Samsung said it will be offering its 1.8″ NAND Flash-based SSD in the not too distant future for mass market mobile computing applications. While the SSD’s capacity of 32 GB cannot compete with traditional hard drives that currently offers up to 80 GB space, it offers superior performance and power consumption features that are likely to make the device the ultimate storage solution in some applications such as ultra-mobile computers, Tablet PCs and performance notebooks.”

“According to Samsung, the SSD will read and write data at 57 MB/s and 32 MB/s, respectively. We will have to benchmark such a drive in our test lab to verify this claim but if correct, the Flash disk would be about twice as fast as the latest 1.8″ hard drive generation, which was measured at a read speed of 24 MB/s by the engineers of Tom’s Hardware,” Gruener reports. “Samsung says that the Flash disk consumes only 0.1W when not in use and just 0.5W under load. For comparison, a typical mobile hard drive consumes somewhere between 1W and 2W of power in seek, read and write processes and between 0.2W and 0.8W when idle. Samsung may be a bit optimistic that the SSD uses just 5% of the electricity needed to power a hard disk drive, but it is clear that SSD will provide a substantial additional amount of battery time in mobile devices. In a common model that assumes that a hard drive consumes about 10-20% of the battery power, the SSD could add about 20-40 minutes of operating time in a notebook that runs about 4 hours on one battery charge. Samsung did not provide a specific introduction date of the drive, but mentioned that it would offer 32 GB SSDs ‘soon.’ There was no detailed information on how much the drive will cost.”

More details in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Imagine an Apple MacBook Pro with one of these inside! 32GB is doable for some; it would certainly make an excellent option.

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31 Comments

  1. WELL IT”S ABOUT TIME!!!

    Hard drives in laptops are seriously underperforming pieces of sheet, they slow down Mac OS X big time.

    I got a RAID O pair of 74GB 10,000 Raptors in my PowerMac and I get no delay in anything,

    SNAP SNAP

    I see NO BEACHBALLS, except out my window when the pretty women play in the sand. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Well 57 MB p/second reads is pretty reasonable, 32 MB p/sec writes is still horribly slow.

    You see what happens if you don’t have a 64 bit processor and more than 2 GB of RAM is this, Mac OS X extensively uses your hard drive (or flash drive in this case) for RAM.

    This seriously affects performance. Seriously.

    I get 185 MB p/second (yes 185 MB) writes with my RAID O 10,000 pair of 74GB Raptors as boot drive.

    I’m absolutely screaming. My drives get data to RAM faster than the processors can handle!

    Mac mini’s, iMac’s, Macbook Pro’s etc are SLOW.

    Really really slow. And fools spend $3000 for portability with a MacBook Pro when they could have a Quad and a cheap Dell/Mac laptop.

    FOOLS! Drop that MacBook Pro just once. Hahaha!`

  3. No, they’ll be put in the MacBook Pro first, because of the price and performance.

    This is quite enough storage for most users, including business users; and don’t forget back-up devices are also getting cheaper as well.

  4. MacDude –

    “And fools spend $3000 for portability with a MacBook Pro when they could have a Quad and a cheap Dell/Mac laptop.”

    Professional photographers need portability for location shoots, and they need every bit of speed they can get. Take your G5 out on the beach for a swimsuit shoot? I don’t think so.

    Also, your Raptor RAID is great for a desktop, but it’s utterly irrelevant for the use under discussion – storage in a laptop. Report back when you’ve figured out how to squeeze your RAID into a laptop. In the meantime, Samsung’s SSD does offer better performance than current laptop storage solutions, and pros who need performance and portability will welcome it.

    Your pooh-poohing is misplaced.

  5. “FOOLS! Drop that MacBook Pro just once. Hahaha!`”

    Can’t speak about the MacBook Pro, but my Powerbook G4 survided a 3 foot drop to a hardwood floor. The latch broke off, but NOTHING else. Everything performed flawlessly. I was actually expecting worse, MUCH worse, as the drop sounded pretty horrific. None of my PeeCee friends are willing to drop their laptops 3 feet to hardwood floors. Another of my friends Sony Vaio broke carrying it around in a laptop bag, and he babied that thing. EVERY PC Laptop owner I know of EVERY ONE has had some kind of mechanical problem with their laptops. I’d never buy a PC laptop even if I switched to PC.

  6. Slipped on ice with my 15″ Powerbook, and landed on top of it. So – 5 feet, landed on ice/asphalt, then 200 pounds of falling human on top. One corner did a soda-can crush. Still working fine, though, a year+ later.

  7. While we’re talking about PB war wounds, my 12″ PB fell out of my backpack while running up an escalator at Manchester Piccadilly train station (I was badly hungover and had forgotten to zip up my bag properly). It fell about 4 feet onto a metal stair — in sleep mode — and survived with only a few small dents. Hurrah, etc.

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