Intel Plans SSD 335, SSD 525 Series for 2013
Intel is planning two new lines of client SSDs in 2013, including the mainstream SSD 335 series, and the performance SSD 525 series. The company could deploy its newest 20 nm NAND flash memory tech on some of these drives.
Less than three weeks after breaking to the world news of Intel lowering prices of most of its client SSDs, we've scored an insight to what the company has in the works for next year. Intel is planning two new lines of client SSDs in 2013, including the mainstream SSD 335 series, and the performance SSD 525 series. The company could deploy its newest 20 nm NAND flash memory tech on some of these drives.
Intel's mainstream SSD 330 series will meet its successor in 2013, the SSD 335 series. The new series resembles the SSD 330 series in many aspects, but could feature a new NAND flash memory type, built on the 20 nanometer silicon fabrication process. Intel could also tweak the performance of the drives a tiny bit above what SSD 330 series drives offer, as they're based on the same LSI-SandForce SF-2281 processor, which is capable of much higher performance than the SSD 33x series is intended to have, given the right firmware and NAND flash combination. The SSD 335 series could be initially launched in 80 GB and 180 GB models in Q1-2013. A 240 GB variant could join the lineup a little later. By 2013, 180 GB could very well become the next "120 GB" (popular SSD capacity).
The next major series on cards is the performance-segment SSD 525 series. Over the past year, Intel replaced its performance-segment with two series: the Marvell-driven SSD 510, and SandForce-driven SSD 520 series. In 2013, an even newer line could join the pack, SSD 525 series. Unlike with SSD 335, it doesn't look like the SSD 525 series will use 20 nm NAND flash, and could stick to 25 nm NAND flash, for reasons unknown. What's more, it's also unlikely that Intel will change the controller from the SF-2281 that SSD 520 series uses. What could change is a secret-sauce firmware that ups performance. The SSD 525 series will ship in mSATA and 2.5-inch form-factors, and will be available in 30 GB, 120 GB, 180 GB, and 240 GB capacities.
Source: VR-Zone Chinese