Samsung Delivers Faster SSDs

By Stuart J. Johnston

Samsung Electronics announced it has begun making volume deliveries of its latest high-performance solid-state drives (SSD), which feature support for the most recent revision -- version 3 -- of the Serial ATA (SATA) specification.

The new PM830 SSDs will transmit data at 6 Gbps, are available in capacities ranging up to 512 GB and are expected to supersede Samsung's 3 Gbps-based SSDs by the end of the year, according to a Samsung statement.

"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," Wanhoon Hong, executive vice president of memory sales and marketing for device solutions at Samsung, said.

According to statistics quoted by the company, the PM830 SSDs can shorten system boot time to as little as 10 seconds and enable as many as five DVDs to be downloaded in a minute or less.

The SSDs use a proprietary controller built on Samsung's 20 nanometer 32 gigabit multi-level cell (MLC) NAND chip, which incorporates a toggle DDR interface.

In fact, the new SSD provides as much as twice the performance as the 3 Gbps model, and can provide sequential read speeds of 500 MBps and sequential write speeds of 350 MBps, Samsung's statement said. Additionally, the PM830 SSDs support 256-bit AES encryption for data security.

Samsung began sampling the PM830 in May and began volume manufacturing in early August. The new drives, which come in capacities ranging from 128 GB to up to 512 GB, are designed for use in high-performance notebooks and tablet computers.

"The industry is expected to quickly embrace SATA 6Gbs-based SSDs, which also will help increase market interest in 256GB and higher densities significantly," Hong added.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

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This article was originally published on August 16, 2011