Intel readies 34nm NAND SSD lineup

By on June 29, 2009, 11:03 AM
According to a piece on The Inquirer, Intel is about to update its much-lauded SSD lineup with the introduction of new units based on the firmís 34nm NAND chips. Initially expected for a Q4 release, it now appears that the drives could arrive in just a couple of weeks, bringing larger capacities, reduced power consumption, even faster performance and most importantly a drop in price.

Intelís 34nm-based lineup will reportedly include a 320GB drive, which fits nicely with rumors we heard back in January, alongside 160GB and 80GB models. No details regarding price or performance were revealed, but they did mention other capacities could be announced when the drives officially launch.

The current X18-M and X25-M solid state drives use a 50nm process, have 80GB and 160GB capacities with 2-bit multi-level cell (MLC) technology, and deliver up to 250MB/s and 70MB/s read and write speeds. A single level cell X25-E model is also available with faster I/O rates and 32GB and 64GB capacities. Prices range from around $350 to upwards of $800 depeding on model and capacity.

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TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I'm looking forward to the day when these SSD drives drop down to the price of a SATA drive. ;-)

Technochicken Technochicken, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Since they are using a smaller process, I'm a little surprised that they are not making higher capacity drives than 320 gigabytes. Toshiba already has 512 gigabyte drives, which I'm pretty sure don't use a 34mm process.

Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

For my sanity sake I hope those don't outperform my month old Intel 160gb SSD... and yes I paid full ticket price for it

seanp789 said:

Oh hell yes. I almost bought the X25M last week but that is now definitely on hold.

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

Great find Julio. I'm looking for more ssd's now, gave my g skill to my brother, just waiting for prices to become a bit more competitive.

hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

"Toshiba already has 512 gigabyte drives, which I'm pretty sure don't use a 34mm process."

Because the Toshiba drives are almost twice as good as intel drives...

Yay I want one .

Reloader2 said:

Im gonna wait until ssd price drops and i am a hundred procent sure they are stable....

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