SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — There are few things better for a busy consumer than the ability to purchase new hard drives with the purchase of a new hard drive, but for many, this means buying a new SSD for a system with old technology.
That is about to change.
Samsung, the company that makes the world’s best SSDs, announced this week that it will begin selling new hard disks with an Intel-based SSD.
It’s not yet clear how many of those drives will be available in the U.S., but the company says the new drives are the first of their kind.
The news comes as demand for new SSDs has exploded in the past few years.
The new drives, which Samsung calls the Samsung Series 3 and Samsung Series 4, will use the latest Intel-series chips that have gained popularity in the market, like the Samsung SSD 620 and Samsung SSD 725, and offer better speeds and lower latency than the previous generations of SSDs.
It won’t make them any cheaper, but Samsung says they’re better for your system’s performance.
“These SSDs have an amazing improvement in reliability, which is one of the main reasons why we have sold so many of them in the last couple of years,” said Michael Lee, vice president of SSD business development at Samsung.
“They’re also faster than any SSD you’ve ever seen before.
So if you want to run applications at the speed of a full-blown laptop, you should consider buying these SSDs.”
Samsung is the only company to offer an SSD that runs on Intel-compatible chips, which means they will be the first SSDs to ship with Intel’s Atom processor.
So you can expect to see the new SSD drives in many of the new laptops coming to the market in the coming months.
In a conference call with analysts, Lee said Samsung plans to offer both SSDs in a range of capacities, including 750GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB and 8TB.
The company also plans to release a new series of products with the Intel-powered SSDs sometime this year.
Samsung says the company has been working with Intel for over a year to get the chips into new SSD products, and Lee said the company expects to ship about half of the products to end users in 2019.
The rest will be sold in other parts of the world, Lee added.
“I think the key to the success of the SSDs is the Intel Atom chips,” Lee said.
“The Intel Atom series are a great product that will drive demand for SSDs worldwide.
They’re really great, they’re fast, they have great reliability, and I think it will be great for the consumer to have an SSD for their laptop or desktop.”
The company is also rolling out new SSD chips in the enterprise space, including Intel’s next-generation Core 2 Duo processor.