Thursday, August 28, 2008

Faster low-cost SSDs by Samsung

The buzz is real. Affordable SSDs may be right around the corner. These SATA drives are being made by Samsung primarily for netbooks and UMPCs. I can see these going into small tablet PCs that would be ideal in hospitals.

Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists working in hospitals should have very easy access to mobile devices. Whether they use tablets of UMPCs, their devices should use SSDs since devices often get dropped. It will be great when someday all mobile devices use FLASH memory instead of spinning hard drives.

Remember the days of monochrome screens?

1 comment:

  1. I saw one of your forum posts that mentioned the heat and poor ventilation of the Samsung Q1UP-XP could kill it's hard drive quickly. Mine is currently running at 60C to 75C, which is way too hot. Needless to say, I back up regularly.

    I have my Q1 enveloped with an OtterBox 1990 to protect it, and I think that increases the temperature by about 5C. It covers a vent that's over near the HDD that seems to be unnecessary, and I think the it is. The heat problem is because the OtterBox is acting like a warm blanket to keep heat from radiating away from all sides of the Q1UP (no vents needed for that). I need the protection the OtterBox offers, even with the heat problem, so I'm going to see if I can create some air "drafts" under the silicone blanket skin by gluing BB's or something under it. Maybe the company can solve the problem too.

    In the meantime, I'm using eboostr to lower the HDD usage, and RMclock to slow my CPU (less CPU usually mean less HDD access too). Note that my HDD is usually as hot or hotter than my CPU!

    If I can get my hands on an 80GB SSD drive that won't wear out under heavy usage, then I could use that instead since it uses less power and generates less heat.

    What do you think?