Samsung Electronics is currently mass producing 64GB Solid State Drives (SSDs) that will reach much faster speeds (read at 100MB per second, write at 80MB per second) using a new Serial ATA interface (SATA-II). It’s being referred to as the Samsung SATA-II SSD and eventually a 128GB model will be produced as well. Source: CNET.
Dell (and Alienware) is going to be one of the first customers of this new SSD from Samsung, according to the Direct2Dell Blog:
Today, I wanted to let our customers know that in the coming weeks we will be launching the Dell Flash Ultra Performance SSD based on Samsung’s SATA II-SSD technology, available in 32GB and 64GB capacities, which will leave traditional notebook hard drives in the dust. This generation of SSDs delivers on the hype we’ve all read about: reliability, durability AND performance.
Our labs benchmarked this drive in a Latitude notebook and saw a 35 percent overall system performance increase over a standard 2.5-inch 5400rpm notebook hard drive using SYSmark â€˜07. That’s even more impressive when you realize that the difference between standard 5400 rpm and performance 7200rpm drives (in the same generation) is 10 percent on average. And just for fun, we did a shootout between the new SSD and a few desktop drives and, well, let’s just say that the performance gap is becoming a thing of the past. Preliminary tests showed that this drive outperformed a 10,000 RPM desktop drive in overall system performance!
Among the Dell product lines that will be seeing this new SSD series (which Dell also claims will be will not be a lot more expensive) are the Latitude and XPS Lines. It’s very possible that the Dell Latitude XT and the XPS M1330 as well as the upcoming Latitude E series, will see this new drive.