Intel is moving to a more advanced, 34- nanometer (nm) manufacturing process for its NAND flash-based solid state drive (SSD) products, which will help lower prices of the SSDs up to 60% for PC and laptop makers and consumers due to the reduced die size and advanced engineering design.
The multi-level cell (MLC) Intel X25-M Mainstream SATA SSD is aimed at laptop and desktop PCs and available in 80Gb and 160Gb versions.
SSDs are data storage devices found inside computers. Because they have no moving parts they offer faster performance and greater energy efficiency and durability than traditional hard disk drives (HDDs).
A draw for gamers, media creators and technology enthusiasts, SSDs have also played a key role in the emergence of ultra-thin and light notebook PCs that are becoming increasingly popular due to their design, size and longer battery life.
“Our goal was to not only be first to achieve 34nm NAND flash memory lithography, but to do so with the same or better performance than our 50nm version,” says Randy Wilhelm, vice-president and GM of the Intel NAND Solutions Group. “We made quite an impact with our breakthrough SSDs last year, and by delivering the same or even better performance with today’s new products, our customers, both consumers and manufacturers, can now enjoy them at a fraction of the cost.”
The Intel X25-M on 34nm flash memory is drop-in compatible with the current 50nm version and will continue to be drop-in compatible to replace existing hard disk drives.
Compared to its previous 50nm version, the new Intel X25-M offers improved latency and faster random write Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS). Specifically, Intel’s new SSD provides a 25% reduction in latency, for quicker access to data, operating at 65-microsecond latency compared to approximately 4 000 microseconds for an HDD.
Drop-in compatible with SATA-based HDDs and all operating systems, the X25-M will also support Microsoft Windows 7 when it becomes available. At that time, Intel plans to deliver a firmware update to allow support of the Windows 7 Trim command, along with an end user tool, to allow users to optimise the performance of their SSD on Windows XP and Vista operating systems.