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Samsung reveals speedy 512GB solid state drive

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 17 Jun 2010 20:14 User comments (5)

Samsung reveals speedy 512GB solid state drive Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., has introduced a new high-speed 512GB solid state drive, utilizing high-performance toggle-mode DDR NAND. "The highly advanced features and characteristics of our new SSD were obtained as a direct result of an aggressive push for further development of our NAND flash technology, our SSD controller and our supportive SSD firmware," said Dong-Soo Jun, executive vice president, memory marketing, Samsung Electronics.
"Early introduction of this state-of-the-art toggle DDR solution will enable Samsung to play a major role in securing faster market acceptance of the new wave of high-end SSD technology." The 512GB SSD uses 30 nanometer-class 32-gigabit chips that the company began producing just last November. Combining the toggle-mode DDR structure with the SATA 3.0Gbps interface generates a maximum read speed of 250 MB/s and a 220 MB/s write speed.

Samsung claims this provides three-fold the performance of a traditional hard disk drive, with two 4GB DVD movies being stored in just a minute. The SSD is also developed to be energy-efficient, using a low power controller specifically for toggle-mode DDR and a low-power mode that is activated after the controller analyzes the users' activities that can extend the batter life of a notebook significantly.

The 512GB SSD ensures higher security with the use of reinforced 256bit AES encryption to protect personal data. The drive also provides streamlined boot time and application access, showing an approximately nine-fold improvement in random performance over normal HDDs.

The 512GB SSD will begin volume production next month.

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5 user comments

118.6.2010 1:50

Aren't those transfer rates pretty typical of all current SSD? I wonder how the TRIM is coming along. Can we expect to see those rates drop off almost immediately?

218.6.2010 5:42

i bought a SSD ages ago when they were a very new thing mine is 32GB and it gets the exact same rate's and already on the market are 512GB SSD's both 2.5 and 3.5 with higher rates and a SSD is always energy efficient so im just wondering why this was news worthy because samsung is catching up slowly ?

318.6.2010 11:27

Originally posted by fordsrule:
i bought a SSD ages ago when they were a very new thing mine is 32GB and it gets the exact same rate's and already on the market are 512GB SSD's both 2.5 and 3.5 with higher rates and a SSD is always energy efficient so im just wondering why this was news worthy because samsung is catching up slowly ?
There's a lot more to SSDs than just their advertised write speed. Look at the other 512GB (all two or three of them) SATA II SSDs currently on the market and you will find they advertise at most up to 180MB/s or 200MB/s write speeds with read speeds of 230MB/s... but in tests can they continuously achieve that? No, particularly not with random access which is important.

BTW, before anyone points out there are much faster SSDs available in 512GB capacities, remember they are PCI-Express SSDs, not SATA.

The biggest thing about the Samsung SSD is the toggle mode DDR and the encryption features, I would think.

Anyway, even though there are other 512GB SSDs on the market, I'm not sure of the criticism. I didn't stop writing about new iPods after the 2001 model with a 5GB HDD came out, and when Blu-ray players and burners first hit the market, we didn't write about one and totally ignore the competition that comes along, always slightly improving or offer just that little bit more than the previous player, with a more competitive price.

419.6.2010 6:46

Cheaper SSD, Die Magnetic Storage DIE, take that you bounder.

519.6.2010 23:57

Originally posted by cart0181:
Aren't those transfer rates pretty typical of all current SSD? I wonder how the TRIM is coming along. Can we expect to see those rates drop off almost immediately?

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