Intel intros ultra-compact 310 SSD series

By on December 29, 2010, 5:57 PM
Intel has launched a new ultra-tiny solid-state drive series that practically matches the performance of its 2.5-inch drives in a fraction of the footprint. The company's new 310 SSD series measures only 51 x 30 x 5mm and weighs less than 10 grams. Despite their compact size, the new drives offers peak sustained reads and writes of 200MB/s and 70MB/s, which isn't far behind the 2.5-inch 80GB X25-M's read/write rates of 250MB/s and 70MB/s.

  310 Series 40GB 310 Series 80GB X25-V 40GB X25-M 80GB
Sustained reads 170MB/s 200MB/s 170MB/s 250MB/s
Sustained writes 35MB/s 70MB/s 35MB/s 70MB/s
4KB random reads 25k IOPS 35k IOPS 25k IOPS 35k IOPS
4KB random writes 2.5k IOPS 6.6k IOPS 2.5k IOPS 6.6k IOPS

The 310 SSD series comes in 40GB and 80GB capacities and utilizes the same 34nm MLC NAND flash memory found in Intel's 2.5-inch SSDs. Naturally, Intel is targeting manufacturers of mobile systems, so the new drives won't be available as a stand-alone retail product. DRS Technologies has announced plans to use the SSD 310 in its upcoming ARMOR communications tablet, while Lenovo will offer the mini-SATA drives in future ThinkPad notebooks.





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Cota Cota said:

How about they start making cheaper SSD's and they stop doing micro crap that needs adapters for my Desktop?

malakaayo said:

price of the new offering versus current price of "stand-alone 2.5" SSDs"?

Guest said:

"price of the new offering versus current price of "stand-alone 2.5" SSDs"? "

Didn't read it did you?

"Naturally, Intel is targeting manufacturers of mobile systems, so the new drives won't be available as a stand-alone retail product."

What prices they'll offer manufacturers, who knows and its fairly irrelevant. They'll charge whatever they think they can get away with by the time it comes to the consumer.

bugejakurt said:

SSDs are too high priced and have too low capacity space for a high read/write speed. They are not feasible to buy until now. Moreover an SSD might have bottlenecks such as the transfer speed of USB 2.0 which needs to be USB 3.0 for a speed bump.

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