Facts are facts, and while one may have assumed the netbook
was just a fad, it's now clear that the sector is strong. To that end, Samsung is making sure it's not going to miss out on the growth, this week announcing that it is sampling a SATA-interface mini-card solid state drive (SSD) with some of its customers. Not surprisingly, the company has made clear that this is "for use in the expanding netbook marketplace."
SATA mini-card SSD expands the use of SSDs from not only being a primary storage medium, but also as a complementary drive to boost the performance of PCs with dual drive capabilities. Jim Elliott, vice president, memory marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc, accurately notes that "the market is beginning to embrace a smaller SSD for the nascent netbook sector," and he continued by remarking that the "cost-efficiency and reliability of lower-density, highly compact Samsung SSDs are perfectly suited as the storage medium for the rapidly growing netbook marketplace."
The card boasts a mini-PCI Express (PCIe) form factor with a SATA 3.0Gb/s interface, and it's 80% smaller than a standard 2.5" HDD. Obviously, this bodes well for fitting in small netbooks, UMPCs, etc. Available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB densities, the new SSD drive will be produced using 40-nanometer-class process technology, and according to Samsung, it features a sequential read rate of 200MB/s (megabytes per second) and writes data sequentially at 100MB/s. The drive weighs up to 8.5g and measures up to 3.75 millimeters thick, and it consumes a meager 0.3 watts of power. There is no mention of price just yet, but hopefully they'll be priced for the budgets of netbook buyers.