Samsung debuts 1.8-inch 64GB NAND flash-based solid state drive

Samsung today announced at its annual Mobile Solution Forum in Taipei that it has developed a 1.8”-type 64GB flash-solid state drive (SSD).

The new flash-SSD is based on an 8GB single-level-cell (SLC) NAND, which provides significantly higher performance over conventional SSDs. Read – Write speed: 64MB/s – 45MB/s.

The read and write performance of the new SLC flash-SSD have been increased by 20 percent and 60 percent respectively over the 32GB flash-SSD Samsung introduced last year, meaning that the new SSD’s ability to outperform conventional rotating-media hard drives is even greater than had been anticipated.

Samsung’s continued nano-technology migration is a key enabling factor in the continued market segmentation for storage media. Besides the use of the 64GB flash-SSD for notebook PCs, 8~16GB flash-SSDs will become viable solutions for use in personal navigation systems and digital camcorders, as will hundred GB-level flash-SSDs for use in the server market.

The flash-SSD, a drop-in replacement for a hard disk drive, is a secure and reliable means of storing personal or work-related data. It uses instantly-accessible, non-moving NAND flash memory instead of the noisier, power-hungry, jarring-sensitive rotating disc found in conventional hard drives, allowing it to upload and download data quickly and quietly with minimal power consumption.

Samsung plans to start mass production of the 1.8-inch 64GB flash-SSD in the second quarter of this year.

Press release here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Island Girl” for the heads up.]

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Analyst: Apple could soon expand NAND flash use in iPods and MacBooks – March 07, 2007
RUMOR: Apple to re-enter the ultra-portable sub-notebook market – February 16, 2007
Toshiba expects Apple iPhone-driven surge in NAND flash memory demand – January 24, 2007
SanDisk releases 32GB flash memory hard drive for notebooks – January 04, 2007
RUMOR: Ultra-thin, ultra-portable, 12-inch Apple MacBook Pro heading to market? – December 20, 2006
RUMOR: Apple plans lightweight, ultra-thin MacBook Pro with 12-inch widescreen – December 04, 2006
Jonathan Ive talks Apple design, including flash memory-based Macs – November 27, 2006


  1. Just a thought here, but if I were getting a micro computer, why not have a docking station that gives you the extra cd reader, hard drive, connection ports, etc.

    You load up your system and go.. Wireless / bluetooth for most everything including printing etc.

    Second thought:
    Since flash hard drives should not fail for a long long time, will there be a market for used flash hard drives??? Performance should not degrade after use??

    Just a thought.


  2. My Idea:

    The MacBook Pro line may benefit from these types of drives – one Flash drive for the OS and apps, one HDD as a scratch disk, media drive, & content drive.

    The key feature missing from the Pro line of MacBooks is the lack of a 2nd drive. With one, it becomes a true self-contained mobile editing machine.

  3. Why do we still have tape and now DVD video cameras? Flash drives are not new technology. We should have had flash drive recording video cameras for at least a year and a half – little/no problem with jarring, vibration, moisture, dust, etc.. Plug your flash-drive video camera into your computer FW port and drag the “footage” into your editor. What’s taking so long?!

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