Is Your PC Thin Enough?

Posted on 12/21/2011 by

Jim Elliott

In today’s PC market, solid state drives (SSDs) have become an important factor in the design and make of the next ultra-slim PC. Just think about it — your current notebook or portable PC has come a long way from your first laptop which was probably double to triple its size with a significantly smaller storage space! Without SSDs that continue to increase in storage capacity and decrease in size, PC manufacturers may lack a vital necessary component needed to improve the performance and design of their products.

That’s why I’m excited to note volume production of new SSDs that will help to deliver ultra-slim PCs for today’s market with the support of our Mini-Serial ATA (mSATA) interface. Our mSATA SSDs, weighing only eight grams with densities of 256.128 and 64 gigabytes, will not only contribute to the ultra-slim portable PCs that consumers desire, but will perform at read and write speeds of 500 megabytes (MB/s) and 260 (MB/s) giving the market’s hottest notebooks a run for their money!

For more details on the announcement, I’ve included the official release. I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on the future of SSDs and how they will help meet the  performance and design needs of ultra-slim notebooks. What are your views on this?

Samsung Announces High-performance mSATA SSDs

for Ultra-Slim Notebook PCs

SEOUL, Korea – December 1, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in advanced semiconductor technology solutions, today announced volume production of SSDs (solid state drives) that support the Mini-Serial ATA (mSATA) interface. The drives are designed for use in ultra-slim notebooks such as Ultrabook™ PCs.

“Samsung’s compact mSATA SSDs will provide performance of the highest quality in helping to deliver the advanced ultra-slim PCs that consumers have been wanting,” said Myungho Kim, vice president of memory marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics. “Samsung plans to continue providing timely delivery of advanced SSD solutions, while preserving its leadership position in the SSD market for notebook PCs.”

Combining Samsung’s new high-performance mSATA SSDs with the latest multi-core processors will help PC manufacturers to substantially improve performance of their Ultrabook-class portable PCs up to that of notebook PCs, in meeting ever-increasing consumer needs.

The new Samsung mSATA SSDs* will be available in 256, 128 and 64 gigabyte (GB) densities as main storage devices, and also at 32GB for caching. They measure 50.95 x 30 x 3.8 millimeters and weigh a mere eight grams.

The new SSDs will be part of the highly popular Samsung PM830 product family that was introduced earlier this year. They make use of Samsung’s advanced 20 nanometer class** NAND flash memory components which incorporate the toggle DDR interface.

Utilizing high-performance SATA 6Gb/s controllers based on Samsung’s own technology, the new mSATA SSDs can operate at the industry’s highest sequential read and write speeds of 500 megabytes per second (MB/s) and of 260MB/s respectively, under optimum conditions. This is, more than six times the speed of hard disk drives typically offering a data transfer rate of 80MB/s. The Samsung SSDs also enable faster system boot-ups (in the10-second range) and will transmit five DVD files in about a minute.

In addition, the Samsung mSATA SSDs feature an advanced hardware-based security solution including 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) protection, which will prevent unauthorized access to data on a lost or stolen notebook PC.

Beginning this year, the market for Ultrabook-class mobile PCs has been growing rapidly and is expected to expand beyond that of tablet PCs as early as next year due to outstanding performance characteristics, more advanced processors and use of the Windows 8 operating system. According to market research firm IHS iSuppli, the Ultrabook share of global notebook shipments will exceed 40 percent in 2015.

For more information about Samsung Green SSDs, visit www.samsung.com/GreenMemory and www.samsung.com/us/oem-solutions.  

About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of nine independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

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