Intel’s new Solid State Drives

Intel says its latest generation of solid state drive (SSD) products are faster, hold more capacity and are more secure than any generation of product before it. These drives are replacing your traditional hard drives in laptops and will be available in desktops. They offer fast access, secure data but do have some limitations. Intel is addressing these limitations in the latest devices – most notably the size and storage limitation. SSD drives are still quite a bit more expensive than traditional drives. SSD drives were recently endorsed by Apple for their new line of notebooks. Sony and other Windows-based laptops have been using SSD drives on their more expensive models.

Solid-state-drive holds a number of advantages of the traditional hard-disk-drive including ruggedness, reduced power use and the faster PC boot ups and opening of files – providing an up to 66 percent gain in overall system responsiveness. It also improves a user’s multitasking capabilities; like listening to music while working on a file with no slowdown.

Here are some of the specifications of the new drives –

The SSD 320 series will be based on the 25-nanometer (nm) NAND flash memory, which will allow for advanced performance and higher capacity.

The SSD 320 series will use a 3GB per second SATA II interface and produce 39,500 input/output operations per second (IOPS) random reads as well as 23,000 IOPS random writes on its highest-capacity drives. Write speeds have been doubled for the second generation as well.

Each product comes with 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard – Intel says the new generation of SSD will be used on desktop and notebook PCs for mainstream and business consumers.

“Intel’s third generation of SSDs adds enhanced data security features, power-loss management and innovative data redundancy features to once again advance SSD technology. Whether it’s a consumer or corporate IT looking to upgrade from a hard disk drive, or an enterprise seeking to deploy SSDs in their data centers, the new Intel SSD 320 Series will continue to build on our reputation of high quality and dependability over the life of the SSD.”

The SSD 320 Series will come in 40 gigabyte (GB), 80 GB, 120 GB, 160 GB, 300 GB and 600 GB capacities. Pricing will start at $89 and go all the way up to $1,069 for the 600 GB.

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