" Intel has released a few SSDs, which it is selling to OEMs.
These are known as the X18-M and X25-M and use multi-level cell
(MLC) flash technology. They are aimed mainly at laptop and desktop
computers. Validated for Intel-based computers, the X18-M is a
1.8-inch drive, while the X25-M a 2.5-inch drive.
""With no moving parts, SSDs run cooler and quieter and are a
more reliable option than hard drives," said Rao. "In addition,
SSDs remove input/output performance bottlenecks associated with
hard disk drives and this helps to maximize the efficiency of Intel
processors. Lab tests show that the Intel X18-M and X25M increase
storage system performance nine times over traditional hard disk
"These devices, though, don't set any capacity records. The
X18-M and X25-M are available only in 80GB capacities. Rao notes
that 160GB versions will be available later this year or early next