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Solid-state disks fall to below $100

Mar 16, 2010, 15:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Angel)

"Solid state disks (SSDs) moved closer to commodity status, with the announcement of a 40GB model from Intel for $125, and a sub-$100, 32GB version from OCZ Technology. Intel's X25-V and OCZ's Onyx can be installed in laptops or embedded devices, but are primarily aimed at enthusiasts who want to install faster boot disks in their computers, according to the companies.

"Intel's first SSD, the X25-M, made its debut in 2008 using MLC (multi-level cell) flash technology manufactured using a 50nm process. Priced at nearly $600 for 80GB of storage, the drive became cheaper and faster last year when Intel moved to 34nm manufacturing. At that point, the 80GB SSD device gained a list price of $270, plus sustained read/write ratings of 250MB/sec. and 100MB/sec., respectively."

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