Samsung samples SATA II 2.5in SSD
Solid-state storage for laptops
Samsung has begun sampling a 2.5in notebook-oriented 64GB solid-state drive the connects to a host computer using a 3Gb/s SATA interface, the electronics giant said today.
Comparing the product with an equivalent, 80GB 2.5in HDD, Samsung highlighted the SSD's superiority in weight, performance, power consumption, shock resistance and noise.
Samsung's 64GB 2.5in SATA II SSD
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. It can stand up to 20G of vibration - the HDD can withstand only 0.5G, Samsung said. The SSD consumes 1W, while the HDD requires 3.9W. And the SSD emits no noise - the HDD is rated at 0.3dB.
Of course, Samsung ignored the obvious counter: that the 64GB SSD is considerably more expensive than the 80GB HDD and probably a lot more than the 200GB HDDs that are becoming increasingly commonplace in laptops.
Samsung introduced 64GB 1.8in 1.5Gbps SATA SSDs back in March, before putting them into mass production in June.
SDD Disk survives 20G
Laptop containing it vapourises.
Bloody useful. That!
Surely qualifies for one of those Hilton moments.
While I have no reason to doubt figures provided, solid state memory up to date suffers from poor write throughput. And there is no say in the article whether this disk is any better. As to write cycles, I do not think there is serious problem - sufficiently smart algorithms can distribute writes evenly over all memory cells, and this together with some extra storage should make good enough reliability and longevity. Cmon, you will replace your HDD after 5 years anyway.
My D620 has been going strong for over a year now. Nothing fancy, but it has never let me down yet. I'm really hoping this technology comes along quickly though. I need to give my Compaq R4000-series a kick in the pants, and after having added a ton of RAM, the 4000 RPM 2mb cache drive is the next weakest link in the chain.
Dell Laptops ..
I agree with Morely Dotes..
IN may last job I used a D600 for well over two years, and that glot flug around in my car and did 500+ miles a week to and from work with me drving like a fruitbat ...
The only thing that went wrong with it was the HD died after 6 months.. and I was happy with that because I got a bigger disk!!
So 1 days pain for a reinstall in over two years isn't bad at all... esp for a Windoze PC! . .
I'm currently using a D620 for over 6 months.. no probs (touch wood)