Intel unveils tiny new solid state drives

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Hot on the heels of SanDisk’s pSSD announcement, Intel is now unveiling a line of parallel ATA solid state drives of its own aimed at low-cost mobile and desktop systems. Initially available in 4GB and 8GB capacities (with a 16GB model to follow in Q4), the device is about a quarter of the size of a standard 1.8-inch hard disk drive and has a low power draw of 1.65mW when idle and 314mW when operating.

Unlike SanDisk, Intel did reveal prices for its drives. According to a company representative, the price of the 4GB model will be just $25 per unit in 1,000-unit lots, while the 8GB part will be available for $45.

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