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Samsung intros 128Gbyte MLC flash-based SSDs

Posted: 05 Feb 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:128Gbyte MLC? flash memory? SSDs?

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has announced multilevel cell (MLC) flash-based 128Gbyte solid state drives (SSDs). The drives will be produced in 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch versions for notebook and desktop PCs, as well as other mobile applications. The new drive offers a data writing speed of 70MBps, said to be the industry's highest for MLC-based SSDs.

The Samsung MLC-based SSD's write speed of 70MBps was achieved through the use of optimized controller technology and highly efficient flash-management firmware technology. The 128GByte SSD reads data at 100MBps.

"Our SSD can be used by the widest range of corporate notebooks, particularly where additional storage is needed beyond what is typical in most business applications," said Jim Elliott, director, flash memory marketing, Samsung Semiconductor Inc.

Size, features
Samsung's 128GByte SSDs will be available in a thin-standard 1.8-inch version that is 5mm thick, to spur the design of thinner ultramobile PCs, in addition to a conventional 1.8-inch version for mobile consumer applications and a 2.5-inch version for standard-sized notebooks.

Featuring a 3Gbit/s SATA II interface, the new 128GByte SSD uses native command queuing and spread-spectrum clocking to add to its higher performance levels. It also features device/host-initiated power management for an exceptionally low power consumption level of 0.5W in active mode.

Samsung's wear-leveling technology, combined with its advanced flash management technology, provides high reliability for its MLC-based-SSD and a mean time between failures (MTBF) of 1 million hours.

Samsung expects to begin mass producing its 128GByte SSD in 1H 2008.

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