Samsung Starts Shipping New 128GB Low Cost SSDs

Submitted by lalit on July 9, 2008 - 10:59am.

Samsung announced today that they have started mass production of 128GB Solid State Drives that they had announced in May of this year. The new drives are based on multi-level cell technology and should reduce the manufacturing cost for Samsung and as a result should cost way less than the present Flash drives that are based on single-level cell technology. When Samsung announced these drives in May they had promised read speed of 200Mbps, the speeds have gone down a bit, read speed is 90Mbps and write speed is 70Mbps. But then also the drives are way faster than most notebooks class hard drives and even most Solid State drives. Samsung says that the new drives should last 80 to 100 years on average compared to four or five year for hard drives. The new drives also consume less power at just 0.5W in active use. Samsung will release two SSD models of 128GB and 64GB in 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch sizes. The drives will use Serial ATA II for faster data transfer. Samsung also said that they would release the 256GB version by end of this year. The company has yet not announced the pricing for the drives.