Samsung Unveils 256GB SSD Prototype

Samsung Electronics announced that it will launch a flash memory-based solid-state disk (SSD) storage that will have a capacity of 256GB and a high-speed interface in 2008; a prototype of this drive that was unveiled at a Samsung event in Taipei.

This prototype drive has a read speed of 200MBps and a sequential write speed of 160MBps.

One of the largest makers of flash memory chips in the world, Samsung is eager to launch these drives in the market and watch their popularity grow as the widespread use of these drives will open a new big market for the company’s chips.

SSDs are a next-generation storage device that will use flash memory chips instead of the spinning magnetic disks that are conventionally used in hard-disk drives.

Using flash memory chips for storage implies that the drives will be very sturdy and have a higher performance; however, the per-byte storage cost will also be considerably higher.

Though these drives will initially be a bit expensive and hence be used only for niche applications, their use will become more widespread when the flash memory prices come down.

Customers will be able to get samples of this new drive from September, and the drives will be in stores by the end of 2008.