Sun Boasts New Kind of Flash

Arthur Cole

Samsung and Sun Microsystems are working on a new kind of flash technology that supposedly will boost the performance of server-based solid-state drives (SSDs) to better handle high-bandwidth applications like video streaming, search and heavy transaction processing.


The 8 GB single-level cell (SLC) device offers five times the write and erase cycles over existing flash technology and more than 100 times the performance of magnetic hard drives in both data transfer and IOPS. And the company says the SLC device, which stores a single bit of data in each cell, operates with significantly less energy than existing technology.


No word yet on how much you'll have to pay for that performance, though. Sun just recently announced that it would start adding standard SSDs to its storage systems this year, but has yet to reveal pricing for those systems as well.

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