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About a year ago, Samsung announced the Samsung Q1 (Q1P SSD 7" Ultra Mobile PC - Intel Pentium M ULV Processor, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB Flash Drive, Windows XP Tablet), an ultra-mobile computing device hosting a 32-Gigabyte (GB) NAND flash-based solid state disk (SSD). Promised: 300 percent faster reads (53 MB/s), 150 perent faster writes (28 MB/s), complete silence (except for the CPU fan...). I just want the SSD. How would it compare to a USB Flash drive of equivalent size? How would it compare to an SDRAM-based SSD?

Wikipedia discusses SSD availability:

  • Super Talent Technology Announced they will ship a 3.5-inch 160 GB Solid State Drive in April 2007.
  • Sandisk released a 32GB 2.5-inch solid state drive on March 13, 2007. The SSD SATA 5000 is being sold to computer manufacturers for $350.
  • Sandisk released a 32GB 1.8-inch solid state drive on January 4, 2007 (where is this?)
  • Taiwanese A-DATA introduced at the Las Vegas CES 2007 SSD drives at capacities of 32GB, 64GB (1.8" model) and 128GB (2.5" model). It is expected to be commercially available by mid-2007.
  • SimpleTech has announced a 64GB SSD that is only 9.5mm thick, half the size of competing SSDs. On April 18, 2007 SimpleTech announced 256GB capacity enterprise level drives available immediately and 512GB capacity drives available late 2007.
  • Adtron announced a 160 GB SATA SSD on February 20, 2007.
  • Samsung has upped the capacity of its Flash-based SSD line to 64GB on March 27, 2007
  • Dell has begun shipping ultra-portable laptops with solid state drives (SSD) on April 26, 2007

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