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Samsung Unleashes 256GB Solid State Drive

The solid state drive is built with 256GB capacity and is almost 2.5 times faster than standard hard drives.

“With development of the 256GB SSD, the notebook PC is on the brink of a second stage of evolution. This change is comparable to the evolution from the Sony Walkman to NAND memory-based MP3 players, representing an initial step in the shift to thinner, smaller SSD-based notebooks with significantly improved performance and more than ample storage,” said Jim Elliott, VP of memory marketing at Samsung.

Samsung stated that the solid state drive (SSD) will provide users the technology that would equip notebooks with faster and larger storage.

The 2.5-inch long, 9.5 millimeter-thick SSD will have a 200mbps read capacity, and a write capacity of 160mbps.

The electronics company will be putting out a limited number of the SSDs for sampling this coming September, with mass production and distribution to follow before the close of the year. It went on to predict that about 35 percent of available notebooks would be running with the SSD by the year 2012.

A 1.8-inch version of the 256GB SSD is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2008.

The drive will be the highest capacity SSD on the market and Samsung is hoping that its breakthrough will boost adoption. Memory players such as Micron Technology, which competes with Samsung, are looking to SSDs to diversify their businesses.