Samsung is once again leading the way to large SSD drives, this time announcing a 256 GB drive. According to sources, the new drives should become available during the 4th quarter of 2008. Smasung estimates that the drives should have a life expentency of 1 million hours. It is also stated:

 Through major advancements in proprietary controller technology, Samsung’s new MLC 256GB SSD, besides being comparable in speed to an SLC-based SSD, also boasts reliability equal to that of SLC SSDs, with a mean time between failures (MTBF) of one million hours, while costing considerably less.

Power consumption is also exceptionally low at 0.9 watts in active mode.

In addition, the drive offers a sophisticated data encryption process that prevents data stored on the SSD from being accessed in an unauthorized manner, even after the SSD is removed from the PC. Overall, the number of computing units in which SSDs are being offered is expected to increase dramatically once Samsung’s previously announced 128GB SSD and the new 256GB SSD are launched. At present, Samsung is actively involved in high-capacity SSD design-in activities for all of the top PC and server manufacturers from the U.S., Asia, and Europe.

SSD drives promise to change the way we compute by providing a more reliable storage in which there are no moveable parts to waer out. Hopefully with the new SSD drives hard drivec rashes will become a thing of the past.

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