Intel unveils new ultra-compact SSD 310
Just in time for the New Year, Intel has unveiled an ultra-compact Solid State Drive (SSD) that is merely one-eighth of the size of their X25 SATA line.
The Intel SSD 310, designed for tablet PCs as well as ruggedized industrial and military equipment, is 51mm-by-30mm and only 5mm thick. It contains 34 nanometer (nm) Intel NAND flash memory, and comes in 40GB and 80GB capacities in the m-SATA form factor.
In addition to being tiny, this new SSD 310 series is also fast. Compared to a 5400 RPM HDD, the SSD 310 is up to 60 percent faster according to Intel’s benchmarking tests.
“The Intel SSD 310 Series is the first in a wave of SSD products we will introduce throughout the next year,” said Intel vice president Tom Rampone. “With this introduction, Intel is offering full SSD performance in a compact, ultra-small form factor.”
The SSD 310 is being adopted by Lenovo for their ThinkPad line of notebooks. The small design is allowing the manufacturer to incorporate dual-drive systems into their models, which allows for an accelerated boot time, as well as faster access to files and applications that are frequently used.
“The Intel SSD 310 series will allow us to provide the advantages of a full-performance Intel SSD paired with the storage of a hard disk drive in a small, dual-drive system,” said director of ThinkPad product marketing Tom Butler. “We’ve offered Intel SSD solutions for our highly innovative Lenovo ThinkPad laptops for some time, and now we’re looking forward to incorporating this new solution across our ThinkPad line.”
Pricing for the SSD 310 is initially set at $99 for the 40GB model and $179 for the 80GB, but that is for 1000-unit quantities. Once these begin selling directly to consumers, prices will likely be a bit higher.
4 Comments on Intel unveils new ultra-compact SSD 310
- Posts: 1438
- Posted on: 05 Jan 11 20:25
the 80gb is pictured but "out of Stock"
I have an unused Mini-PCI slot in my notebook...
Right between my "N" WiFi card and the Intel Turbo Memory "Flash Cache" card...
Then again one of those 40gb cards would make a dandy replacement for my Flash Cache card...
- Posts: 1438
- Posted on: 08 Jan 11 09:45
They probably won't last long...
They've already announced that they don't have as many as they have people who have signed up to be notified when it's in stock.
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- Posted on: 08 Jan 11 15:43
- Posts: 1438
- Posted on: 08 Jan 11 19:37
A) ULTRA compact being in "Mini PCI" (like a Laptop WiFi card)
B) NOT taking up a Drive bay, PC-card OR Express Card slot
And as the vast majority of notebook computers have an unoccupied
these drives are quoted as being about the same performance as a 5400rpm Notebook drive (one would presume the peak performance of a HDD)
Frankly What I'd use one for is an ultra reliable backup for the OS install
on my notebook and essentially using it as an internal "Recovery" source
That unlike a "factory restore partition" would also back up all my personal setup and preference information... right down to website cookies.
So for my purposes the 40gb drive would be entirely adequate.
But I'm not entirely thrilled with the idea of funding the R&D of their newer products.
I agree platter HDDs are proven, generally reliable technology that can last for years.
SSD's Nobody knows yet.
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