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Samsung adds new mini-card SSDs for netbook systems

Written by IT News on 9:57 PM

mini-card SSDsSamsung Electronics, one of the world's market leader in advanced semiconductor technology, has recently announced an extension of the solid-state drive (SSD) setup with the introduction of a SATA interface mini card SSD, which the company is currently sampling to customers in the growing netbook segment. According to Samsung, the new solution is to improve the performance and storage for the rapidly growing netbook segment, which uses a more energy efficient and higher performance alternative to the traditional 2.5-inch hard drives.

"The market starts to embrace a smaller SSD for new netbook sector" Jim Elliott, Vice President, memory marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. said. "The cost-effectiveness and reliability of low density, very compact Samsung SSDs is entirely appropriate as a storage medium for the fast growing netbook market," he added.

The new Samsung mini-PCI Express (PCIe) SSDs have a SATA 3.0 Gb / s interface and to be more cost effective and 80 percent smaller than conventional 2.5-inch hard drives. These design characteristics make them an ideal choice for use in small netbook computer, as system vendors to even smaller, thinner portable netbook. Moreover, according to Samsung, the new mini PCIe SSDs can be delivered as a solution for printers and other ruggedized handheld terminals or mobile devices.

The new units are in the capacity of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and are designed with the help of Samsung's new 40nm production technology. As a result yesterday, mini-card SATA SSDs is said to deliver sequential read speed of 200MB / s, while write speeds estimated at 100 MB / s. A weight of only 8.5g and measures just 3.75mm thick, the new stations also a high energy efficiency, because only 0.3 watts of power, according to Samsung.

Although no data on prices, Samsung Electronics has announced their new netbook targeted SSDs will be available with optional full disk encryption.

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