Samsung rolls out MLC-based 128-Gbyte, SATA II solid state drive - Embedded.com

Samsung rolls out MLC-based 128-Gbyte, SATA II solid state drive

Las Vegas—Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has developed a multi-level cell (MLC) flash-based 128-Gbyte solid state drive (SSD) that it will produce this year in 1.8-in. and 2.5-in. versions for notebook and desktop PCs, as well as other mobile applications.

The drive offers a data writing speed of 70-Mbytes/s, the industry's highest for MLC-based SSDs, according to Samsung.

Samsung's 128-Gbyte SSD will be demonstrated in a notebook PC at CES 2008 in its Semiconductor Product Showcase, Room N236, at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), North Hall, 2nd Floor.

The Samsung MLC-based SSD's write speed of 70-Mbytes/s was achieved through the use of optimized controller technology and highly efficient flash-management firmware technology. Samsung's 128-Gbyte SSD reads data at 100-Mbytes/s.

Samsung's 128-Gbyte SSDs will be available in a thin-standard 1.8-in. version that is five millimeters thick, to spur the design of thinner ultra-mobile PCs, in addition to a conventional 1.8-in. version for mobile consumer applications and a 2.5-in. version for standard-sized notebooks.

Featuring a 3.0 Gbits/s SATA II interface, the 128-Gbyte SSD uses native command queuing and spread-spectrum clocking to add to its higher performance levels. It also features device/host-initiated power management for a low power consumption level of 0.5W in active mode.

Samsung's state-of-the-art wear-leveling technology, combined with its advanced flash management technology, provides high reliability for its MLC-based-SSD and a mean time between failures (MTBF) of one million hours.

Samsung Electronics America Inc., www.samsung.com

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