Samsung has announced wicked-fast solid state drives that come in both 1.8 (ipod-ish) inch and 2.5(laptop) inch sizes.  These are 30% faster than the fastest solid state drives to date and come in sizes up to 64Gb. 

Yes of course we are thinking what you are thinking.  This would be the planets aligning.  Expect Apple to have a Macworld announcement.  This would be too good not to be true.

 

FEATURE COMPARISON (HDD/ PATA/ SATA2)

Product

 

1.8" HDD

 

1.8" SDD (PATA)

 

1.8" SSD (SATA2)

Density

 

60GB

 

64GB

 

64GB

Weight

 

61 g

 

40g/ 15g(Slim)

 

40g/ 15g(Slim)

Performance

 

Read/Write: 22~48MB/s

 

R: 64MB/s, W: 45 MB/s

 

R: 100MB/s, W: 100MB/s

Power (Active)

 

1.4 W

 

0.4 W

 

0.7 W

Vibration (Operating)

 

1.0G (22~500Hz)

 

20G (10~2000Hz)

 

20G (10~2000Hz)

Acoustic Noise

 

22dB

 

0dB

 

0dB

Endurance

 

MTBF: <300K hours

 

MTBF: 2M hours

 

MTBF: 2M hours

 

From the horses mouth:

SEOUL, Korea–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, has become the first in the industry to sample 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch 64Gigabyte (GB) solid state drives (SSD) with a super-fast SATA (Serial ATA) II/native SATA interface. With a sequential write speed of 100Megabyte per second (MBps) and sequential read speed of 120MBps, the SATA II SSD is poised to expand the market for solid state drives from notebook PCs to corporate servers and other high-performance storage applications.

The 64GB SATA II SSD is based on Samsungs cutting-edge NAND technology with dramatically improved performance specs that are taking system performance to a whole new level of efficiency, said Jim Elliott, director, NAND flash marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.

Samsungs SATA II SSD combines a 50 nm-class, single-level-cell (SLC) 8Gb flash chip with a Samsung proprietary, high-speed SATA controller and supporting software.

The new SATA II SSD has a 3.0 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) interface speed which is twice as fast as its SATA I predecessor. Moreover, the SATA II SSD requires only half as much power as the 1.9 watts consumed by hard drives now used in notebook PCs and only one-tenth the power consumed by enterprise-class 15,000rpm hard drives in servers.

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