With one major competitor now out of the game, Intel is gearing up for a serious push in the solid state drive market. According to leaked slides from an Intel roadmap, chipzilla will introduce three new SSD lines during the second quarter of 2014: the SSD Pro 2500 series (codename Temple Star), the SSD DC P3500 series (Pleasantdale) and the SSD DC P3700 series (Fultondale).
Looking at each family individually, the SSD Pro 2500 series will be available in capacities of 80GB, 180GB, 240GB, 360GB and 480GB in 2.5-inch and M.2 sizes. The slide indicates sequential read / write speeds of 540 MB/sec and 490 MB/sec, respectively.
The SSD DC P350 series, meanwhile, will offer blazing sequential read / write speeds of 2,800 MB/sec and 1,700 MB/sec, respectively. Available in 2.5-inch and PCIe AIC (add-in-card) formats, they’ll be offered up in capacities of 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB.
Last but certainly not least is the SSD DC P3700 family, the only one to feature high endurance technology. These products will also be offered in 2.5-inch and PCIe AIC form factors with capcities of 200GB, 400GB, 800GB, 1.6TB and 2TB with sequential reads and writes at 2,800 MB/sec and 1,700 MB/sec, respectively. These drives boast up to 10 drive writes per day over five years.
All of the new drives will make use of 20-nanometer MLC NAND flash and will be available in two different form factors, each with a five year warranty. Pricing for each category and drive is unknown as this hour.
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 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 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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