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Storage community website Myce has posted copies of what it claims are leaked Intel SSD roadmap slides, which show two data centre and one professional user SSD products coming in spring 2014.

Fultondale, or the DC P3700, is a data centre-class SSD built from high endurance (HET) 20nm MLC flash an with capacities of 200GB, 400GB and 800GB. It comes in either a 2.5in or AIC form factor, and the endurance will be 10 full drive writes/day for 5 years,

Its sequential read/write performance will be 2.8/1.7GB/sec and its random read/write performance 450,000/150,000 IOPS with 4K blocks.

Pleasantdale is the DC P3500 and built from 20nm MLC, not the HET flash. ITs capacities go higher than the DC P3700, being 250GB, 500GB , 1TB and 2TB.

Its sequential read/write performance will be 2.8/1.7GB/sec and its random read/write performance 450,000/40,000 IOPS, again with 4K blocks. Yes, we did re-check the IOPS numbers, with their enormous skewing for reads. The endurance is stated to be up to 374TB. With a 2TB product that’s 187 full drive writes. If you aren't careful with the write load, this thing could be finished before 7 months is up, at a 1 full write/day rate.

Intel SSD roadmap to Q2 2014

Intel SSD roadmap for 2014. Click this tiny chart to get a bigger version.

Compared to the DC P3700 the DC P3500 is more than double the max capacity, has blazing fast random reads but crap random writes.

The Intel slide says the both DC P3000 series products have consistent, native PCIe-performance, 5X throughput over a SATA interface, and the lowest-latency storage interface. Both also have end-to-end data protection, power-loss data protection and AES 256b encryption.

Temple Star is a professional user or business PC/notebook SSD made from 20nm MLC NAND and planned to be available in 2.5in and M.2 form factors, the latter in 42, 60 and 80mm versions. Capacities will range from 80GB through 180GB, 240GB, 360GB to 480GB.

Its sequential read/write performance will be 540/490MB/sec and its random read/write performance 42,000/52,000 IOPS - but we don’t know the block size. The performance doesn't seem much to write home about. The product's endurance is not known but it will come with a 5-year warranty.

There are more details on the Myce-sourced slide below:

Intel Professional SSD roadmap

With Intel sharing Micron fab output with Micron we can expect upgraded SSDs from Micron to show themselves in the next few months. ®

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