Samsung Electronics will launch the latest addition to its family of UMPCs (ultramobile PCs) today, a device that uses a 32GB SSD (solid-state flash memory-based hard drive) to store data instead of a conventional HDD (hard disc drive).

The Q1P SSD is designed for users requiring speedier access to data. It also takes a beating better than devices using HDDs.

The bootup time for the Q1P SSD is 25 to 50 percent faster than systems using a HDD, Samsung said. It's also capable of reading data 300 times faster than HDD, at 53MBps (megabits per second), and writing data 150 times faster, at 28MBps.The Q1P SSD can also withstand twice the impact of an ultramobile PC equipped with an HDD.

The spec sheet of the Q1P SDD shows that Samsung has returned to using Intel chips after turning to Via Technologies' processors in the Q1B, a lower-priced ultramobile PC.

The Q1P SSD runs on an Intel Pentium M 1GHz microprocessor and carries 1GB of DDR2 (double data rate, second generation) memory. It has a 7in screen, weighs 1.7 pounds, and holds a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can last three hours.