Intel enters NAND flash memory market

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Intel has decided to enter a realm not so familiar to them with the introduction of their first solid state drive, the Intel Z-U130. The drive will come in 1 GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB densities with write speeds of 20MB/s and read speeds of 28MB/s. Its interface is USB 2.0 and 1.1 compliant, which they hope will make for an attractive storage solution.

"Solid state drive technology offers many benefits over traditional hard disk drives including improved performance and reliability," said Randy Wilhelm, vice president and general manager of Intel's NAND Products Group. "The Intel solid state drive technology provides robust performance, while offering Intel's industry leading quality, validation and reliability for a wide variety of embedded applications."

Intel has already planned the use of this new drive in various platforms like their servers, emerging market laptops, low cost PCs, and as an embedded solution for routers and point of sale terminals. No word on pricing, yet.

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