Samsung announces new solid state storage tech

May 22 2005 - 11:05 PM ET | Samsung
TECH WATCH -- Samsung has announced the, "First Solid State Disk (SSD) based on NAND Flash memory technology." The advantages over conventional hard drive technology include: a drastic power savings (uses only 5% of the power) and lower weight and noise. NAND technology is not currently used in mobile phones, but Samsung sees this changing as the memory demands for phones increases. Starting in Auguest, Samsung will be shipping 1.8-inch type SSDs with up to 8GB of storage. Nokia's N91 smartphone contains a conventional 4GB hard drive. NAND flash memory can be erased and written to in blocks instead of one byte at a time, which makes it fast.