Intel has released the Solid-State Drive 310 Series, an ultra-small solid-state drive (SSD) that delivers Intel X25-class SSD performance, but at one-eighth the size. Measuring only 51mm x 30mm x 5mm, the Intel SSD 310 sheds the notion that small means slow.
Intel Corporation announces the Intel Solid-State Drive (Intel SSD) 310 Series, an ultra-small solid-state drive (SSD) that delivers Intel X25-class SSD performance, but in one-eighth the size. Measuring only 51mm-by-30mm-by-5mm, the Intel SSD 310 opens up the possibility of new innovative ideas, such as
i. Highly responsive Dual Drive notebooks
ii. Creatively designed and smaller tablets
iii. Low-Power rugged embedded industrial or military applications
Marketing Briefs hints at Intel’s huge push for a dual drive system. Be it a Hybrid storage system of an SSD for boot, a traditional HDD for storage, or a Raid 0 SSD Boot for performance systems, one cannot help but wonder whether the arduous 1 – 5 minute boot time some of us are now facing for our notebooks will be an extinct era.
When paired in a dual drive system, Intel claims that the SSD 310 can improve overall PC system performance by as much as 60%. Built using 34nm Intel NAND flash memory in an mSata form factor, the SSD 310 sips power at 0.15W at load, and 0.075W at idle. It also has an MTBF of 1.2million hours, compared to most desktop drives which have an MTBF of 1-1.2million, the WD Velociraptor 1.4million, and the Seagate Cheetahs, 1.6million.
Technical Specifications at a Glance
Sustained Sequential Read
40GB – 170MB/s | 80GB – 200MB/s
Sustained Sequential Write
40GB – 35MB/s | 80GB – 70MB/s
Already shipping to customers, the Intel SSD 310 is priced at US$99 for the 40GB capacity and US$179 for the 80GB version, both in 1,000-unit quantities.
The Intel SSD 310 already shipping to customers and is priced at US$99 (40GB) & US$179 (80GB) in 1,000 unit quantities.