Samsung’s New 6Gbps Solid-State Drives Could Be Used in MacBook Air



Samsung has just announced the successor to its PM810 solid-state drive which is a super-speedy 6Gbps SATA 3 that boasts read speeds of up to 500MB/s and write speeds of up to 350MB/s. A custom version of the PM810 is currently used in Apple’s MacBook Air line lineup, so there’s a good possibility its impressive successor — the PM830 — will also hit the ultraportables.

And we’re certainly hoping they do! The new SSD ships with up to 512GB of storage, which is double the current 256GB limit currently offered with the MacBook Air. According to 9to5 Mac, it’s also 150% faster than the real-world speeds of Samsung’s current MacBook Air SSDs; that’s quite staggering when you consider the current drives are already incredibly quick.

One thing that could prevent these drives from making their way into the MacBook Air, however, is the growing rift between Apple and Samsung. The ongoing lawsuits between the two companies have recently gotten Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned in Australia and Europe, and there have been rumors that Apple is trying to move its supplies away from Samsung.

For the time being, however, the two companies continue to do business, with Apple recently turning to Samsung for iPad 2 displays after problems with those manufactured by LG Display. Here’s to hoping they remain friends and that these new SSDs hit the MacBook Air sometime soon.


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