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Samsung Now Mass Producing Industry's First PCI-Express SSD for Ultrabooks

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it has begun mass producing the industry's first PCI-Express (PCIe) solid state drive (SSD) for next-generation ultra-slim notebook PCs.

"With the Samsung XP941, we have become the first to provide the highest performance PCIe SSD to global PC makers so that they can launch leading-edge ultra-slim notebook PCs this year," said Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics. "Samsung plans to continue timely delivery of the most advanced PCIe SSD solutions with higher density and performance, and support global IT companies providing an extremely robust computing environment to consumers." Samsung started providing the new SSD to major notebook PC makers earlier this quarter. The XP941 lineup consists of 512, 256 and 128GB SSDs.

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This is good news and long overdue. PCIe SSDs should have been the first SSDs but better late than never. The good news is you don't need to buy an Ultra Worthless Book to get a quality PCIe SSD. All the major SSD makers will be rolling out PCIe SSDs now that the controllers and other issues have been resolved.
 
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This is good news and long overdue. PCIe SSDs should have been the first SSDs but better late than never. The good news is you don't need to buy an Ultra Worthless Book to get a quality PCIe SSD. All the major SSD makers will be rolling out PCIe SSDs now that the controllers and other issues have been resolved.
Actually, they were, but they weren't bootable so they never took off... then again, most weren't very fast either so...
 

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Sounds like they saturated PCIe 2.0, when do we get a PCIe 3.0 version? Also, if you can't boot off PCIe I wonder how you would boot the MBA. 2nd hard drive?
 

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Also, if you can't boot off PCIe I wonder how you would boot the MBA.
A small segment of flash memory to act as a boot loader which isn't much of a departure from what they're already doing. The MBAs already have a portion of flash that can't be touched that contains restoration utilities and such. I suspect they would have something similar to that. It's how you can image a laptop just by having an image on a network drive, it's pretty nifty.
 
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Well, this needs a slot on desktop motherboards ASAP.
 
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Sounds like they saturated PCIe 2.0, when do we get a PCIe 3.0 version? Also, if you can't boot off PCIe I wonder how you would boot the MBA. 2nd hard drive?
What are you talking about?? Only 1 line on PCIx 2.0 can go up to 500MB/s. 16 can go up to 8GB/s so..