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Intel Sees Gold in Solid State Storage

Nov 05, 2008, 21:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Drew Robb)

" 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 drive performance."

"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 year."

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