Samsung Announces 64GB SATA II 2.5in Solid State Drive For Laptops
The Future Of Portable Computing
Samsung is now testing a 2.5in 64GB solid-state drive (SSD) designed for laptops that connects to a host computer using a 3Gb/s SATA interface, the electronics.
In their announcement, Samsung compared the Flash SSD with a 80GB 2.5in Hard Disk Drive (HDD) by outlining the SSD’s superiority in weight, performance, power consumption, shock resistance and noise. The SSD weighs 73g, the HDD 365g. Its sequential read and write speeds max out at 100MB/s and 80MB/s, respectively, to the HDD’s 59MB/s and 60MB/s. But the real kicker is the SSD’s ability to withstand up to 20G of vibration, the HDD can only withstand only 0.5G before crapping out, according to Samsung. For music oriented applications, producers will be thrilled that the SSD emits absolutely no noise — the HDD is rated at 0.3dB.
The Future: Samsung somehow failed to mention that a SSD drive is considerably more expensive than a comparable HDD, but with laptops now being used for “mission critical” live music applications, this announcement means that solid state laptops with significant storage options are not far away…