Samsung today launched world's first 32GB NAND Flash memory based HDD. This solid state disk's read speeds are three times faster than normal HDDs and it can write one and a halve time as quickly.
The SSD is a 2.5in form-factor product that operates at 5V and connects across a 66MHz Ultra DMA parallel ATA bus. Samsung said the unit consumes just five per cent of the energy it takes to run a hard drive.
Samsung launched the product in Taiwan, the better to attract the islands' numerous notebook manufacturers, who produce almost all of the world's mobile computers. Samsung is particularly keen to get its drive into laptops, which it believes will benefit most from the SSD's lower power consumption.
Product like this will become more common in the future. Intel also unveiled its Robson technology at the IDF last week, this technology uses flash memory to boost boot-up and application launch times while cutting power consumption too.