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Introduction to Solid-State-Drive (SSD)


Last updated 13 January 2022

SSD – the future of storage technology

Solid State Disks are relatively new (in technology terms) but have been around since the 1980s. It has only been the last ten years or so that the technology has really taken off and is now fast becoming the norm as the preferred storage tech of choice. Simms distributes SSDs in many form factors, including; 2.5, CFast, mSATA and M.2 with U.2 fast becoming more established. SSD demand has come from the consumer industry with SSD technology being found predominantly in laptops, tablets and mobile phones.

SSD technology outsold HDD in Europe for the first time in 2016 and this trend has continued through 2021 and shows no sign of stopping. HDD technology has been around since the 50s with the mechanical principles remaining the same and offering little or no scope for innovation, SSDs however are well into the next stage of their evolution with 3D NAND giving higher capacity and faster speeds in the same-sized footprint. Simms offers innovative technology from global manufacturers who are at the forefront of research and development in SSD technology, from tech giants such as Intel and Kingston to Novachips, an SSD player with revolutionary HLNAND Flash SSD solutions.

Whatever your requirement we will have a solution for your application. If you require a technical consultation contact our experts on 01622 852800 who will be glad to assist.

Understanding whats new in SSD technology infographic

Some of the Benefits of SSD over HDD

Read/Write Speeds
4X Quicker
Shock & Vibration
Operating temp.
-40°C to +85°C
More Secure
than HDD
Power Loss



Graham is the Marketing Lead for the Industrial & Embedded team and has a wealth of knowledge in this area, with an extensive background in aviation, aerospace and defence.