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Solid-state drives (SSD) are storage devices that use flash memory to deliver high performance and durability. Additionally, SSDs have no moving parts, run cooler and use less energy in the process. They allow for faster loading times for applications and games and can withstand more movement than HDDs (hard disk drive). However, there is a price to pay for their superior performance. SSDs are a newer technology, and, as a result, they are more expensive than HDDs. We’ll explore the origins of the SSD and how the technology has changed since its inception.

The origins of SSDs

The development of SSDs started with two similar technologies: magnetic core memory and card capacitor read-only storage. These memory solutions emerged during the time of vacuum-tube computers – think the Enigma machine, which the codebreakers used at Bletchley Park to crack the German codes during the Second World War.

Fast-forward to the late 1970s and 1980s, and SSDs were used in early supercomputers, but they were extremely expensive. The drive for faster, cheaper memory led to innovation in the market. In 1976, Dataram introduced the world’s first SSD, the Bulk Core. The drive was approximately the size of a microwave and contained 2MB of storage. This is a tiny amount of storage by today’s standards but was an impressive amount of memory at the time.

Commercial flash-based SSD 

The first commercial flash-based SSD was introduced in 1991 by SanDisk. The SSD was used in IBM’s ThinkPad pen computer, which had a capacity of 20MB and sold for around $1,000. Ten years later, SanDisk and Toshiba launched the world’s first commercial NANDS MLC 1GB chip, driving the cost of SSD solutions down by 50,000x while increasing chip density by 32,000x.

SSDs became affordable for the average person in the early 2000s, when products such as SanDisk and Motorola’s microSDTM became the fastest growing form factor globally, with five million cards shipped in its first year. In the early 2000s, commercial SSDs were still expensive, costing as much as a powerful laptop or a basic car. 2010 was a pivotal year as the mass adoption of SSDs began. Apple started using SSDs in its MacBooks as its standard option rather than a luxury upgrade. 

NVMe changes the game

The NVMe specifications were developed by the NVM Express Workgroup, which consisted of 90 companies. NVMe delivers faster access and consumes less power, reducing running costs for users. The beauty of NVMe is that it is futureproofed; its capabilities are extendable to work with technologies that do not exist yet. 

Speed up your storage with the Origin Storage Inception E840 PRO NVMe

Looking for SSD which will speed up your storage? Quickly and easily add storage to your PC or Mac with the Origin InceptionE840 Pro NVMe SSD. The embedded PCIe NVMe technology facilitates sequential read/write speeds of up to 1,050/1,000 MB/s respectively, and combined with the amazing speed of USB 3.2 Gen 2, you can transfer large files in seconds. The sleek aluminium body allows for effective cooling of the internal components to reduce thermal throttling, enabling you to transfer files without fear of speeds dropping.

If you’d like to learn more about our SSD solutions, please get in touch with us today. A member of our team would be happy to help you. Alternatively, you can use the Memory Configurator to find the right solutions for your organisation.