Samsung to target enterprise servers with new solid-state disks

The benefits will not just come via the faster interface.

Samsung Electronics Co. said today that it is moving towards commercialization of solid-state disk drives (SSD) that use the high-speed Serial Advanced Technology Attachment II interface.

The South Korean electronics company has begun producing sample 1.8-in. and 2.5-in. drives that feature the interface, which offers a big boost in performance over existing drives. The new drives have a sequential write speed of 100MB/sec. and sequential read speed of 120MB/sec., it said.

SSDs use flash memory rather than magnetic storage, which allows faster reading and writing of data, lower power consumption, and zero noise. They've been around for several years, although it is only recently, after flash memory chip prices fell, that they have become practical for use in laptop computers.

With the new, faster drives, Samsung hopes to begin targeting the enterprise server market and other applications that demand high-speed data reading and writing.

The benefits will not just come via the faster interface. Samsung said the new drives consume about half the power of current SATA I interface drives and one-tenth the power of enterprise 15,000-rpm drives.

The company could not immediately say when the drives will be available commercially or how much they will cost.

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