Samsung sees 250GB SSD by year end

“Samsung is touting the reliability of solid-state drives, while citing an explosive market for the devices in server computers,” Brooke Crothers blogs for CNET.

“Michael Yang, flash marketing manager at Samsung. A flash device that is rated at 100,000 write cycles, for example, can write 100,000 times ‘to every single (memory) cell within the device,’ Yang said. In other words, the device doesn’t write to the same cell over and over again but spreads out the writes over many different cells. This is achieved through ‘wear leveling’ which is carried out by the SSD’s controller, he said,” Crothers reports. “This makes it virtually impossible to wear out a flash chip.”

“Regarding cost, Yang expects to see a 35 to 45 percent year-to-year drop in SSDs. This will be a welcome relief since 64GB SSDs currently can add as much as $900 to the price of a notebook PC,” Crothers reports. “In the third quarter, Samsung is slated to bring out a 128GB SSD based on MLC (multi-level cell) technology–which uses multiple levels per cell to allow more bits to be stored. But the company sees even larger-capacity SSDs, ranging all the way up to 250GB, possibly before the end of the year.”

Crothers reports, “The company is also working with notebook PC makers to design ultra-thin notebooks that use SSDs that are not limited to a 1.8-inch form factor (a 1.8-inch SSD is used in the MacBook Air) but can fit into potentially even thinner designs than the MacBook Air.

More in the full article here.

[Attribution: MacNN.]

23 Comments

  1. It will be interesting to see how these perform in real world intensive tests. For instance Virtual Memory and Photoshop Scratch Disks are being written to and read constantly… 100,000 doesn’t sound like a big number at all to me.

  2. A minimum of 100,000 writes before a cell goes bad? With 250 GB of cells to work with? It could take a while before this thing starts reporting errors, and a while longer before it loses significant available storage. And … NO chance a ‘bump’ will cause the read/write head to nick the surface!
    Boy will people be hollering when these things start to go bad … after forgetting that they have been much more reliable than the previous generation of hardware.
    Dave

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