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Samsung Flash Drive First of Its Kind
Solid-State Hard Drive Hold As Much as 16 Gigabytes

Samsung Electronics has developed a solid-state hard disk based on flash memory. This is the first Solid-State Disk (SSD) based on the company's NAND Flash memory. It will be available for consumer electronics and mobile PC applications, the company said.

The NAND-based SSD is a low power, lightweight storage media for notebook PCs, sub-notebook PCs and tablet PCs, according to Samsung. Using the industry's highest density 8Gb (Gigabit) NAND Flash, Samsung can build SSDs with a capacity of up to 16GB.



Samsung NAND Flash Drive

Additionally, Samsung says that the SSD has a power consumption rate less than five percent of today's hard disk drives (HDDs), to extend mobile PC battery life by more than 10 percent. The NAND-based SSD also weighs less than half that of a comparably sized HDD.

The SSD's performance rate exceeds that of a comparably sized HDD by more than 150 percent, the company also notes. The storage disk reads data at 57 MegaBytes per second (MBps) and writes it at 32MBps.

The market leader in global NAND flash memory since 2002, Samsung has invested heavily to achieve double-density growth every year, further driving the market to higher memory densities and more affordable pricing.

To ensure compatibility, SSDs have been designed to look like HDDs from the outside. Samsung has developed a full line up of SSDs: 2.5-inch type SSDs that carry 16 NAND Flash devices of 4Gbit or 8Gbit density for 8GBytes and16GByte of storage respectively. 1.8-inch type SSDs will also offer 4GBytes or 8GBytes of density. SSDs will open new demands in the conventional storage industry especially for low density mobile appliances.

The 1.8-inch type SSD will be available in August 2005 for "sub-notebook and tablet PCs," according to Samsung.

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