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Intel SSD Roadmap – Bigger & Faster

Intel is planning to double the capacity of their current SSD line-up by moving from 50nm to 34nm process technology in Q4 2009. There will be three capacities for X18-M and X25-M MLC SSD; 80GB, 160GB and 320GB and two capacities for the top end X25-E SLC SSD; 64GB and 128GB. Performance is expected to be better as well with an updated controller.

Intel is planning to double the capacity of their current SSD line-up by moving from 50nm to 34nm process technology in Q4 2009. There will be three capacities for X18-M and X25-M MLC SSD; 80GB, 160GB and 320GB and two capacities for the top end X25-E SLC SSD; 64GB and 128GB. Performance is expected to be better as well with an updated controller.

Intel is also launching a successor to the Intel Turbo Memory, known as Braidwood in Q1 2010 for mainstream PCs. Its aim is to provides SSD-like performance on second generation Ibex Peak chipsets like Q57, P57 and H57. Braidwood requires Firmware support, Intel Rapid Storage Technology as well as the Braidwood module. It will come in 3 capacities; 4GB, 8GB and 16GB based on Intel’s 34nm process technology.

The pricing of the SSDs is unavailable at this point of time but be prepared to pay a premium for them.

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