Intel has been in the SSD market for a long time now with some devices that offer nice performance and have good features and performance. The company has announced today that it has a new SSD that is called the Intel SSD 310. The Intel device supports SATA over a PCIe mini-connector for tiny devices like handhelds and netbooks.
The SSD uses 34nm NAND flash memory inside and comes in m-SATA form factor with 40GB or 80GB of storage. The tiny SSD weighs only 10g and is surprisingly cheap for upgrade needs. The 40GB SSB will sell for $99 and the 80GB version is $179, in 1000 unit quantities naturally.
The sustained read speed is claimed to be 170MB/s on the 40GB SSD and up to 200MB/s on the 80GB SSD. Sustained sequential writes are up to 35MB/s on the 40GB and up to 70MB/s on the 80GB drive. The SSD needs up to 150mW of power when active, and 75mw when at idle making it very green. The SSDs are shipping now to OEMs.
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