Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has developed a multi-level cell (MLC) flash-based 128 Gigabyte (GB) solid state drive (SSD) in 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch versions for mobile applications, notebooks, and desktop PCs. The new drive offers a data writing speed of 70 megabytes per second (MB/s), the industry’s highest for MLC-based SSDs. Samsung expects to begin mass producing its 128GB SSD in the first half of 2008.
The Samsung MLC-based SSD’s write speed was achieved through the use of optimized controller technology and highly efficient flash-management firmware technology. Samsung’s 128GB SSD also reads data at 100MB/s. Samsung’s state-of-the-art wear-leveling technology, combined with its flash management technology, provides high reliability for its MLC-based-SSD and a mean time between failures (MTBF) of one million hours.
Featuring a 3.0 gigabit-per-second SATA II interface, the new 128GB 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 an exceptionally low power consumption level of 0.5W in active mode.
Samsung’s 128GB SSDs will be available in a thin-standard 1.8-inch version that is five millimeters thick, a conventional 1.8-inch version, and a 2.5-inch version.
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