Intel is readying two new lines of high-capacity solid state drives - Fultondale and Pleasantdale - for release sometime in late 2014. However during internal testing of the SSDs, Intel has discovered a few issues that require some changes to the typical SSD design.
VR-Zone reports that the new drives run hotter than typical current-gen SSDs, so Intel has had to incorporate a small, ribbed heatsink on the bottom to facilitate better heat dissipation. Fultondale and Pleasantdale will still be packaged in 2.5-inch cases, but going on leaked images, they look thicker than a typical 2.5-inch solid state.
It's expected these new drives will come in capacities as large as 800 and 1,600 GB, with two boards inside. One of the boards will contain NAND and the memory controller, and the other just NAND. Under maximum workload, the drives will draw 25W of power, which is likely the reason a heatsink is necessary.
Not much else is known about these drives, but it appears they're being designed for data centers rather than consumer devices and desktops. Expect more information and a full unveiling at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, scheduled for Q4 2014.
The Intel SSD 520 Series is aimed at performance buffs with initial SF-2281-based models offering capacities of 60GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB and 480GB. It also has a slim design, measuring 100 x 69.85 x 9.5mm and weighing up to 78 grams. The 60GB model packs read and write speeds of 550MB/s - 475MB/s, while the larger 120GB version provides 550MB/s reads and 500MB/s writes. The 180GB, 240GB and 480GB models are slightly faster again as the write performance is boosted to 520MB/s. Naturally, using the SATA 6Gb/s interface is essential to achieving those speeds.
The Intel SSD DC S3500 features an 8-Channel ASIC with 20nm MLC NAND providing up to 75,000/11,500 random read/write IOPS and 500/450 MB/s of sustained sequential read/write speed. The S3500 comes in a wide range of capacities, 80, 120, 160, 240, 300, 480, 600 and 800GB.
The Intel SSD 510 drops Intel's traditional 7mm design that uses a shim to reach the 9.5mm thickness of a standard 2.5" drive. The drives casing now measures 3.92 x 2.74 x 0.37" (99.8 x 69.63 x 9.5mm) and weighs 0.18lbs (81.6 grams). It boasts read and write speeds of 450MB/s and 210MB/s. Naturally, the SATA 6Gb/s interface is essential to achieving these staggering read speeds.
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