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August 16, 2011

10 Reasons for Loving Samsung Semiconductor’s Solid State Drives

As you may have heard, Samsung Semiconductor has announced its new high-performance line of Solid State Drives (SSDs) – the PM830 – which is now available up to a whopping 512GB density! I wanted to use our official Samsung Semiconductor blog to give you a behind-the-scenes look at these new drives.


I’ve written about the benefits of flash memory in previous blog posts, but this new line of SSDs will offer faster performance and an even bigger capacity than its predecessors. Get ready for the next generation of high-performance notebooks and tablets because these SSDs are ideally suited for those markets. One of my favorite features about these SSDs is that they boot up in about 10 seconds. You can’t even grab a cup of coffee 10 seconds!

But why should you care about SSD technology, and the new PM830 line? Here are 10 reasons:

  1. Speed Up Your Boot-Up: SSD knows that go means go. Just turn it on and begin working in less than 30 seconds.
  2. Zip through File Searches: Remember the last time you attempted a simple e-mail search using a Hard Disk Drive (HDD)? Now imagine crunching that time so it’s 5x faster. That’s the power of an SSD.
  3. Trim File Transfer Time: Transfer and copy files thirteen minutes and five seconds faster than usual—just enough time to give you a head start on rush-hour traffic.
  4. Start Applications in Seconds: Need to make a quick ten-second edit before meeting with a client? SSDs load programs such as Adobe Photoshop and PowerPoint more than twice as fast as their HDD counterparts.
  5. Double File-Compilation Power: Just because programmers sit behind a computer screen all day doesn’t mean they’re immune to slowness. An SSD boasts 2x faster file-compilation times than HDD.
  6. Cut Downtime by Half: Routine maintenance tasks shouldn’t disrupt your work flow. SSD cuts simple tasks such as virus scans by almost 50 percent.
  7. Reduce Power Consumption: SSD requires less energy than a conventional HDD and can add an average of 30 minutes to battery life.
  8. Master Multitasking: SSD smoothly handles multiple programs so you can crop photos and load game maps nearly 3x faster than with HDD.
  9. Cut Video-Editing Time: Render video file clips at over 30 percent faster with SSD. You’ll be able to edit quickly and move on to your next project in no time.
  10. Take it Anywhere: For work that needs to extend beyond home or office walls, SSD exceeds expectations in handling shock, vibration, and temperature extremes. Go anywhere with it.

Research firm IDC has stated that the market for client-side SSDs is expected to grow ten-fold from 11 million units in 2011 to 100 million units in 2015. Given these predictions, we at Samsung Semiconductor see this as a huge growth opportunity and are excited to get these new drives to market as soon as possible. These days consumers are demanding better and faster performance from their notebooks and tablets, and we’re proud to continue offering technology that meets the market’s high expectations.

Take a look at the official release, which I’ve posted below. Do you agree that SSD technology is here to stay?

Samsung Announces High-performance 512GB SSDs

with Ultra-fast SATA Revision 3.0 Interface

 SEOUL, Korea – August 11, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in advanced semiconductor technology solutions, announced today volume production of SSDs (solid state drives) that support the Serial ATA Revision 3.0 interface with data transmissions at six gigabits per second (6Gb/s). The new high-performance PM830 SSDs* are available at up to 512 gigabyte (GB) densities.

Samsung’s new high-speed SSDs are ideally suited for use in high-performance OEM notebooks and tablets. Sample production of the SATA 6Gb/s 512GB SSDs began in May, with volume production initiated earlier this month. The new drives are expected to replace SATA 3Gb/s-based SSDs by year-end.

“Samsung’s new line up of advanced SSDs will raise the performance bar to the next level for ultra-slim notebooks and tablets and accelerate growth of the market for high-performance SSDs,” said Wanhoon Hong, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics. “The industry is expected to quickly embrace SATA 6Gb/s-based SSDs, which also will help increase market interest in 256GB and higher densities significantly,” he added.

The SATA 6Gb/s SSD shortens system boot-up time to about 10 seconds, while its high-performance allows users to download up to five DVD video files in less than a minute.

The 512GB SSD utilizes Samsung’s most advanced 20 nanometer (nm) class** 32Gigabit multi-level cell (MLC) NAND memory chip incorporating the toggle DDR interface. A proprietary NAND controller facilitates exceptional performance levels that take full advantage of the toggle DDR architecture and the SATA 6Gb/s interface. The new SSD doubles the performance of a SATA 3Gb/s drive, with sequential read speeds of 500 megabytes per second (MB/s) and sequential write speeds of 350MB/s.

The drive also features the industry’s highest level of security, which uses an AES 256-bit encryption algorithm to protect personal or corporate data from unauthorized access. Samsung’s SATA 6Gb/s SSDs are available in 512GB, 256GB and 128GB densities. The new high-performance SSD line-up is targeted for use in premium OEM notebooks, and tablets.

According to market research firm IDC, the global outlook for client-side SSDs is expected to grow ten-fold from 11 million units in 2011 to 100 million units in 2015. Moreover, the use of NAND in 256GB SSDs is forecast to more than double from 19 percent of all NAND used in SSDs in 2011 to 42 percent in 2015. Further, demand for 512GB SSDs is expected to grow from a 0.3 percent portion in 2011 to eight percent in 2015, also underscoring the growing interest in higher density SSDs.

About Samsung Electronics

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* Editors’ Note 1: The PM830 SSD is available to OEMs only for installation into new PCs or other devices. A consumer version of the drive which can be used as an upgrade for existing devices will be forthcoming and announced at a later date.

** Editors’ Note 2: 20nm-class means a process technology node somewhere between 20 and 29 nanometers.