Feeds

Intel readies 16GB SSD for UMPCs

Smaller-capacity versions coming Q1 2008

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Chip giant Intel has begun sampling a solid-state drive (SSD) designed for handheld devices. The product's known in the trade as 'a stack of Flash chips'.

The Z-P140, as the module's known, connects to the host handheld via a parallel ATA link, but it doesn't follow any standard hard drive form-factor. Two versions are on offer: one 2GB in capacity, the other stretching to 4GB.

Intel Z-P140 SSD

Intel's Z-P140 SSD: front...

Not exactly ground-breaking capacities if you think about the likes of the iPhone, the iPod Touch and even Asus' Eee PC, which is expected to go to 8GB very shortly.

So what's Intel aiming the Z-P140 at? Devices based on 'Menlow', it's upcoming UMPC and Mobile Internet Device (MID) platform, due to appear in May 2008. These devices are supposed to be able to run Windows Vista, but we wonder whether 4GB is going to be enough given the Microsoft OS' love of storage capacity.

And, indeed, keenness to write many, many temporary files, a feature not generally believed to be conducive to SSD longevity given the limits Flash places on the number of times a given memory cell can be written to.

Intel Z-P140 SSD

...and back

However, while the announcement centred on the 2GB and 4GB versions, we confidently predict Intel will have 8GB and certainly 16GB Z-P140s out in due course.

Intel claimed both 0.6g parts deliver read speeds of up to 40MB/s and write speeds of up to 30MB/s. They consume a mere 300mW when operating and just 1.1mW when sleeping.

The 2GB version is due to go into mass production in Q1 2008, with the 4GB model following in "mid-2008".

Website security in corporate America

More from The Register

next story
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch
For decades Hollywood actually binned its 4K files. Doh!
Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM
Reg staff not allowed to enter, god dammit
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share
Not four. Point four. Count yer booty again, Microsoft
Getting to the BOTTOM of the great office seating debate
Belay that toil, me hearty, and park your scurvy backside
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.