Samsung ships SSDs amid reported Intel delays
10/7/2010 3:56 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO - Amid rumors that Intel Corp. has delayed a solid-state storage (SSD) line, rival Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said it is mass producing 100- and 200-gigabyte (GB) SSDs for use as the primary storage in enterprise storage systems.
Samsung started producing its 3.5-inch 100 and 20GB SSDs last month. The first recipient of the drive will be EMC.
SSDs are a growing market, but it is not as fast as many had thought, due to cost and reliability issues for these devices. According to Gartner, worldwide SSD units and revenues for enterprise application will grow from 324,000 units and $485 million in 2009 to 6.3 million units and $3.6 billion in 2014.
Still, SSDs are a promising market. At an event here, Jim Elliott, vice president of memory marketing and product planning at Samsung Semiconductor Inc., said SSDs have lower power and are faster than traditional hard disk drives (HDDs).
Intel Corp. is said to be the SSD leader in terms of share in the enterprise. Samsung is the leader in the SSD client market. Now, Samsung wants more share in the enterprise.
Rumors have surfaced that Intel is late with its enterprise SSDs, based on the company’s 25-nm NAND devices. A company spokeswoman said that Intel has not officially announced those products and the company could not comment on rumors.
Samsung is expanding in the enterprise arena. By using 40-nm-class single-level-cell (SLC) NAND flash chips and a controller that utilizes a 3Gb/s (gigabits per second) SATA interface, the Samsung SSDs process random read commands at 47,000 input/outputs per second (IOPS) and random writes at 29,000 IOPS, according to Samsung.
The devices are said to read data sequentially at 260 megabytes per second (MB/s) and write it sequentially at 245MB/s, throughput that maximizes the SATA 3Gb/s interface bus speed.
A 72 terabyte enterprise storage system using conventional SSDs consumes approximately 6.9 kilowatts (kWs), a 30 percent saving over an equivalent system with HDD storage which consumes 10kWs.