Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Introducing the 256GB Flash Drive

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Thanks to Brooke Crothers over at CNET's official Nano Tech Blog in Korea, Samsung has just announced the development of a 2.5-inch, 256GB solid state drive (SSD) at the fifth annual Samsung Mobile Solution Forum in Taipei, Taiwan.

Typical solid state drives shipping in notebook PCs today have a storage capacity of 64GB.

With a sequential read speed of 200 megabytes per second and sequential write speed of 160MBps, Samsung is claiming some of the fastest SSD data transfer rates to date.

Samsung is slated to begin commercial production of the SSD by year's end, with customer samples available in September.

And dig this: A 1.8-inch version of the 256GB SSD is expected to be available in the fourth quarter!

Nice! Remember, (and, not to be condescending, that means talk down to...) SSDs or solid state drives have no moving parts, which means they avoid both the risk of mechanical failure and the mechanical delays of old school hard disk drives like the 2 crappy Western Digital My Book Pro Edition II drives that both died on me less than 6 months after they were purchased!

Odds are that you already own a few - like your flash drives, iPod Shuffle or Nano, those dinky camera memory cards, and of course the iPhone and iTouch and the sexy new Macbook Air.

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