Samsung announced this week that it has developed the world's
fastest 256GB multi-level cell (MLC) based solid state drive (SSD). This new 2.5" SSD is equipped with a SATA II interface which allows
it to read at 200 MB/s and write at 160 MB/s.
Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology,
announced today that it has developed the world's fastest, 2.5-inch, 256 Gigabyte (GB) multi-level cell (MLC) based solid state drive
(SSD) using a SATA II interface, at the fifth annual Samsung Mobile Solution Forum held here today. Samsung's new 256GB SSD is also the
thinnest drive with the largest capacity to be offered with a SATA II interface.
With a sequential read speed of 200 megabytes
per second (MB/s) and sequential write speed of 160MB/s, Samsung's MLC-based 2.5-inch 256GB SSD is about 2.4 times faster than a typical
HDD. Furthermore, the new 256 GB SSD is only 9.5 millimeters (mm) thick, and measures 100.3x69.85 mm.
Once introduced, the
Samsung's 256GB SSD will mark the largest capacity SSD from the global market leader in SSD sales, effectively eliminating density as a
barrier to SSD adoption in the consumer space.
Samsung is expected to begin producing its new 256GB SSD by year end,
with customer samples available in September. A 1.8-inch version of the drive is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2008.
Full details can be found here.