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Old 27th July, 2006, 08:27 AM
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Samsung's NAND Flash-based solid-state disk (SSD) technology displayed, delayed.

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Samsung touts Vista-friendly Flash drive - again
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Samsung once again touted its NAND Flash-based solid-state disk (SSD) technology yesterday, pitching a 4GB product at notebook and desktop manufacturers developing systems to run Windows Vista. It said the 4GB SSD was being "readied for production".

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What a big leap for the computing world. Taking the slowness of the mechanical storage out of the equasion. Imagine 200 GB storage as fast a RAM. I just got all giddy...
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What a big leap for the computing world. Taking the slowness of the mechanical storage out of the equasion. Imagine 200 GB storage as fast a RAM.
FLASH is slow though, and has a limited number of write cycles. Reading is ok, but a write cycle requires a whole block of FLASH to be erased, and then once it's been erased, it's suitable for writing.
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I guess I am looking ahead a bit...

I realize flash is limited now, but this could pave the way to faster and larger non mechanical storage methods rather soon.
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Flash memory is still marginally faster than a mechanical HDD though, so it's still a kind of leap forward for computers. What's currently faster and available for computers?
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I think I read that solid state "HDD's" were available a few years ago. For $32000 what's not to like?
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I think I read that solid state "HDD's" were available a few years ago. For $32000 what's not to like?
Well heck...I'll get acouple for a raid array......yikes
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The current approach to SSD for most applications involves standard DRAM coupled with a special controller and battery backup for those applications that truly need that much speed. Even so, the memory still functions basically as a cache, since the RAM is generally backed by hard storage. However, the key difference is that the cache appears to be the actual drive, and the hard-drive is invisible to the OS.
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How does that compair to a "Ram Drive"?
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