We’ve seen some solid state drives announced but today Samsung is the company that was able to bring a 1.8″ 64GB solid state drive into mass production. The SSD is intended for use in UMPC’s, notebooks and other portable devices as a smaller, faster, lightweight replacement to traditional hard drives.
Drives using Flash-based memory promises to provide faster boot times to be quicker at pulling up applications since it can access the data faster. It also boasts a lower battery consumption compared to devices with spinning hard drives.
Samsung didn’t provide any pricing in their press release today, but did predict a 270% increase in SSD use over the next three years. For now though the 64GB flash based drive will likely be an upgrade option on portable devices, and not sold directly to consumers.