Feeds

Intel's flash new SSDs hit by bugs

Don't alter a set BIOS password

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Intel's latest brace of solid state drives has been pulled from the market while a firmware bug gets fixed.

Once the firmware bug has been fixed, the drives will go back on sale by etailers and, no doubt, a firmware upgrade will be made available to existing customers.

Built on Intel's 34nm process, the generation 2 X25-M and X18-M were introduced just ten days ago. The new SSDs represent a partial upgrade of the previous 50nm process line and were announced with faster performance and price cuts.

According to a Daily Tech report, the bug prevents access to any data on the drive. It is set off by users setting a password in the BIOS for the drive and then either changing or disabling it.

Existing customers should not even think about altering or disabling an existing BIOS password they have set up.

When Intel first introduced the MLC (multi-level cell) X25 and X18 SSD range last year a firmware bug was subsequently identified that slowed the drives down and Intel had to issue a fix for that. This second episode of firmware bug-ery will raise questions about Intel's testing procedures.

Meanwhile, Intel spokespeople have confirmed that there will be a 34nm version of the SLC (single level cell) X25-E product, E meaning extreme, the old 50nm process ranges high-speed model. Its speed is now eclipsed by the new X25-M, with M meaning mainstream, and the, presumably faster, 34nm X25-E will arrive next year. It will be accompanied by a higher capacity X25-M model, one with 320GB capacity. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained
They just cannae do it in time, says analyst
Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?
How keen will buyers be when exposed to the real price?
Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper
Monsters need to earn a living too
Amazon axes hated Fire Phone price: 99 pennies but a niche? Ain't none
Forgive the double negative but seriously, no one wants this mobe
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?
Plus: 'NostrilTime' wristjob vid action
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.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.