80GB Solid State Drive from Intel
The migration from traditional IDE & Sata drives to SSD's (solid state drives) is gaining momentum, with new drives appearing regularly and all the big names clamouring for a piece of the action. Intel have entered the fray with their latest offering, an 80GB SSD, with read and write speeds of up to 250MB/s and 70MB/s. Based on MLC (multi-level cell) NAND flash technology, there are two models available, the 1.8 inch 'X18-M' and the 2.5 inch 'X25-M'. There will be an 160GB capacity drive made available in Q4 of 2008 too.
Intel claim that the new drives offer upto 9 times the storage system performance over traditional drives. Randy Wilhelm, Intel vice president and general manager of the NAND Products Group said of their new SSD's:
“Validated by our rigorous testing and OEM customer feedback, we believe that we have developed an SSD that delivers on the promises of SSD computing, by combining our experience in flash memory design with our processor and computing expertise, we have added advances such as our parallel 10-channel architecture, proprietary controller, firmware and memory management algorithms that address write amplification and wear leveling issues to redefine SSD performance and reliability for computing platforms.”