Monday, August 16th 2010

Intel Readies 25 nm NAND-based X25-M and X25-V SSDs for Q4 2010

Intel is planning a series of four solid state drives (SSDs) in Q4 2010, that makes use of the latest IMFlash Technologies 25 nm NAND flash memory chips, under a possible "G3" (third generation) brand identifier, and sold complete under the Intel X25-M, and X18-M (mainstream) and X25-V (value) brands. The four drives will continue to carry the company internal codename "Postville", and mostly the same exact feature set as the 34 nm Postville SSDs, except for the new 25 nm NAND chips, native data encryption, SMART, and higher performance.

Under the 2.5" form-factor X25-M series, there are 600 GB, 300 GB, and 160 GB models on the roadmap, while an X25-V 2.5" value SSD featuring the 25 nm flash chips includes an 80 GB model in Q4. Later in Q1 2011, Intel will add new enterprise X25-E "Lydonville" models based on the new chips, as well as introduce 25 nm based 300 GB and 160 GB 1.8" mainstream X18-M SSDs, and a 40 GB X25-M model. The introduction of these new SSDs follows the February 2010 announcement of the 25 nm NAND flash memory chips by IMFlash Technologies. IMFlash is a joint venture between Intel and Micron Technology.

Source: ComputerBase.de
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18 Comments on Intel Readies 25 nm NAND-based X25-M and X25-V SSDs for Q4 2010

#1
RejZoR
Cool. Q4 2010 or Q1 2011 will be interesting for SSD's. Maybe i'll get one for my netbook at that time.
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#2
Whitey
Here's hoping speen will be fast !

300 read / 300 write please :)

Whitey
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#4
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: LAN_deRf_HA
SATA 2 or 3?
SATA 3 Gb/s (SATA 2).
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#5
Yellow&Nerdy?
by: Whitey
Here's hoping speen will be fast !

300 read / 300 write please :)

Whitey
I don't really think we need more speed than we have now, a SandForce SF-1200 is fast enough to me. Actually, it's not far from your 300/300 at 285/275.

What I would like to see is CHEAPER SSDs. I hope within the next couple of years, prices of SSDs will fall to maybe 3-5 times more expensive per GB than regular HDDs, rather than the 20-30 times more expensive per GB that we have now.
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#6
devguy
Schweet, it looks like we'll be getting double the capacity for each model. Hoping that each new model will take on the pricing of the older one, we may see Intel SSDs for under $1.5 / GB! Here's hoping to see the 160GB G3 SSD between $199-225. I'd certainly buy one then!
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#7
Octopuss
Where are SLC ones? :(
edit: What are the X28-E models doing in Q2/2010?
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#8
mechtech
Hmmm I was going to get a 120GB sandforce 5 months down teh road in January, but I may have to wait for some 100GB Lyndonville benchies first.

Looks like SSD's are finally coming along at a decent rate. I still wish I could get something around 120GB on a pcie 8x bootable card with SLC, 5yr warranty, 600MB/s read write min speeds all for about $600.00.

Well maybe one day down the road.
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#9
RejZoR
I'd almost kill for a 160GB or 256GB drive with 150MB/s in both directions (with decent random read/write abviously), at least 5 years warranty and a price tag of 230€.

We all know random access is what's the most important so even though having 300MB/s read is nice, most could live with 150MB/s just fine.
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#10
Whitey
by: Yellow&Nerdy?
I don't really think we need more speed than we have now, a SandForce SF-1200 is fast enough to me. Actually, it's not far from your 300/300 at 285/275.
Yeah, I know :)

I had ordered two Corsair F40 last night (for raid 0), but the order was cancelled due to stock.

Then this morning I see Intel are updating; so here's hoping.

Am running an X25-E since they first came out, so have been enjoying the SSD experience.

Chris
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#11
Yukikaze
Oh goodie. I was just about to get another X-25M 160GB - Time to wait.
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#12
Octopuss
Guys can you tell me what is the difference between 18- and 25- series? Is it just the proportions or something else? I am getting confused by all the models. And that's just Intel :)
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#13
Whitey
Different form factor size iirc !

Thickness maybe ?
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#14
Yukikaze
by: Octopuss
Guys can you tell me what is the difference between 18- and 25- series? Is it just the proportions or something else? I am getting confused by all the models. And that's just Intel :)
1.8" vs 2.5"
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#15
Octopuss
Ah so just that. Okay.
Guess the thing to get is still X25-M :)
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#16
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Awesome, Intel has the best drives for the random reads and writes these days. I was hoping for some SLC drives as well. Would be nice if the new drives can be raided with TRIM support.
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#17
sethk
Given the capacity ramp up, I'm hoping prices are going down, and since I see Best Buy is now selling the G2 X25-M drives at low prices, I'm guessing they're thinning out inventories and planning the slow lowering of current-gen prices so that the G3 doesn't look like a huge price drop. I'm going to guess $299 retail for the 160GB G3.
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