Intel to double SSD capacity
Roadmap brought forward by a quarter
Intel is expected to bring forward the projected doubling of its SSD capacities to as early as next month.
The current X18-M and X25-M solid-state drives (SSDs) use a 50nm process and have 80GB and 160GB capacities with 2-bit multi-level cell (MLC) technology. A single level cell (SLC) X25-E has faster I/O rates and comes in 32GB and 64GB capacities.
But reports say that, as indicated in January, Intel will move to a smaller 34nm process and double the capacities with the 1.8-inch form factor X18-M and 2.5-inch form factor X25-M (M meaning Mainstream) moving to 160GB and 320GB capacities. The X25-E (E meaning Extreme) will grow to 64GB and 128GB capacities.
Back in 2008 when Intel first launched its SSD range it said it could hit a 256GB capacity this year. That looks to be exceeded.
The upgrades, if they happen, should be reflected by Intel's SSD OEMs, and resellers in their products, meaning Dell/EqualLogic, Hitachi GST, Infortrend, Pillar Data, Panasas and reseller Kingston Technology. There's no indication of what will happen to pricing. ®
@ Crazy Operations Guy.
I though they did that with the onboard controlers and massive cache's? That combined with larger drives also reduces the issue.
Have you tryed some out under stress testing?, and if so how did they fair?
Great and all but
Will they fix the issue were the drive will start failing because the sectors have been written over too much? I was experimenting with replacing the drives in my company's servers, but the SSD would fail about a week into stress testing. We'll stick to standard whirly disks for now.
"There's no indication of what will happen to pricing"
<hand in the air> Ooh, ooh! I know, I know!
Still, nice to see they're growing rather quickly. Still a while before I upgrade my terabyte arrays though
"There's no indication of what will happen to pricing."
Stay too high?
Samsung don't always make the best kit going, but their new line of SSDs seems to as good if not better than the Ms, at about half the cost!