For all of its annoying quirks, there’s one thing about binary that we just love: the returns to scale eventually ramp up quite quickly for consumers in the base-2 world.
When we last featured a solid state disk (SSD) post, we were extolling the virtues of OCZ’s 32GB and 64GB drives. But let’s face it: even your iPod has more storage.
Earlier this year, Samsung demonstrated a 128GB 2.5-inch SATA SSD drive, the first SSD drive that might actually have a higher capacity than your recently procured laptop. Today (Monday, May 25, 2008, Taipei time), Samsung unveiled its 256GB SSD at a press event.
Never mind that the 128GB drive, due out “in the first half of 2008″ according to the January press release, still isn’t shipping, Samsung wants those owners to know they’ll only be special for a few months.
Along with double the capacity, the 256GB SSD also sports a variety of performance enhancing features, taking transfer rates up to the 200MB/sec.
Pricing details for both the 128GB and 256GB drives are still unknown, but they’ll probably cost more than your entire laptop: Super Talent’s 128GB SSD costs over $3, 000 and has a larger form factor than Samsung’s (12.5mm vs. 9.5mm), meaning it won’t fit in many laptops. A less advanced 120GB SSD will set you back less than $700, mind you.
P.S. – StuffGeeksWant is going on record with the prediction that Samsung will announce a 512GB solid state drive down the road, probably in 2009. You heard it hear first!