Samsung to Ship High Write Performance SSD

It looks like Samsung is finally going to be releasing higher performance SSDs:

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced today that it has developed a multi-level cell (MLC) flash-based 128 Gigabyte (GB) solid state drive (SSD) that it will produce this year in 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch versions for notebook and desktop PCs, as well as other mobile applications. The new drive offers a data writing speed of 70 megabytes per second (MB/s), the industry’s highest for MLC-based SSDs.

Engadget is hinting that the price might be astronomical:

The 64GB drives are still hard enough to acquire, but Samsung’s taken its next big step in MLC (multi-level cell)-based SSDs, announcing a 128GB drive. They’ll start shipping en masse in the first half of this year, and will definitely cost more than enough to make you want to reexamine your obsession with solid state storage, and maybe even your life.

I want to pay $20-30 per GB for these guys. Performance needs to be 70-100MB/s write with similar read performance.

Right now the mtron’s are the only drives in this range.

  1. brchoate

    I think if they can pull this off with MLC, then we will see prices crash on these puppies. I actually blogged on this too with why I think the this MLC approach can really shake things up:

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