Wednesday, December 29th 2010

New Intel Solid-State Drive 310 Series Offers Full SSD Performance in 1/8th the Size

Intel Corporation announced today the Intel Solid-State Drive (Intel SSD) 310 Series, an ultra-small solid-state drive (SSD) that delivers Intel X25-class award-winning SSD performance, but in one-eighth the size. Measuring 51mm-by-30mm and only 5mm thick, the Intel SSD 310 is a fast, ultra-compact SSD that brings flexibility, ruggedness and scalability to innovative form factors and devices. It can enable highly responsive dual-drive notebooks, innovative single-drive tablets and low-power, rugged embedded industrial or military applications. When paired with a high-capacity hard disk drive (HDD) in a dual-drive system, the Intel SSD 310 can improve overall PC system performance by up to 60 percent.

A solid-state drive uses no moving parts, and thus is more durable and reliable than a mechanical HDD, while using less power and providing better system responsiveness. The Intel SSD 310 Series contains 34 nanometer (nm) Intel NAND flash memory and is available in an m-SATA form factor in 40 gigabyte (GB) and 80GB capacities.
The Intel SSD 310 supports SATA signals over a PCI Express (PCIe) mini-connector for on-board, compact storage in single-drive netbooks, tablets or handheld devices. Weighing just 10 grams, the compact size also enables dual drive all-in-ones, notebooks or small-form-factor (SFF) desktops to help accelerate boot time and access to frequently used applications or files.

“The Intel SSD 310 series will allow us to provide the advantages of a full-performance Intel SSD paired with the storage of a hard disk drive in a small, dual-drive system,” said Tom Butler, director of ThinkPad product marketing, Lenovo. “We’ve offered Intel SSD solutions for our highly innovative Lenovo ThinkPad laptops for some time, and now we’re looking forward to incorporating this new solution across our ThinkPad line.”

With its rugged design, the Intel SSD 310 Series has been chosen by DRS Technologies for a new ARMOR communications tablet PC to be unveiled at Storage Visions in Las Vegas. The ARMOR mobile and field unit tablet PC is certified by DRS to work in extreme temperatures and hold up to shock, vibration and drops, delivering up to nine hours of operating time.

“In order to meet the rigorous demands of our mobile users, we design for mission-critical tasks that require connectivity and handheld mobility in all-weather operations,” said Mike Sarrica, vice president and general manager for DRS Tactical Systems Inc. “The Intel SSD 310 Series fits the bill by offering a reliable and high performing memory solution.”

“The Intel SSD 310 Series is the first in a wave of SSD products we will introduce throughout the next year,” said Tom Rampone, Intel vice president and general manager of Intel’s NAND Solutions Group. “With this introduction, Intel is offering full SSD performance in a compact, ultra-small form factor.”

Already shipping to customers, the Intel SSD 310 is priced at $99 for the 40GB capacity and $179 for the 80GB version, both in 1,000-unit quantities.
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9 Comments on New Intel Solid-State Drive 310 Series Offers Full SSD Performance in 1/8th the Size

Sad at the 80 GB price...
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what ever happend to G3 intel SSDs? werent they suposed to be released on Q42010?
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Knowing intel had been making 25nm since the summer, they must be sitting on a lot of old 34nm chips they want to get rid of.
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Waiting for 80GB version for 120-140€....

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Whose idea was it to put the CG chip next to the picture of the coins? Doesn't that sort of defeat their purpose for comparison? RESIZE!
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toyo said:
Sad at the 80 GB price...
yeah its just 80 gig but the price still could broke your wallet :D
smaller size is cool, but i guess what we need from SSD is affordable price, just that :ohwell:
but that looks kinda unavailable on short time :cry:
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Betty (Kung Pow)
Want that in a mini-pcie slot on my laptops/netbooks.... :(
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toyo said:
Sad at the 80 GB price...
$99 for the 40GB capacity and $179 for the 80GB version, both in 1,000-unit quantities
Imagine how much more expensive it'll be when you don't buy in 1 000-unit quantities...
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Can't wait to see a 160 gb model, I love that hard drives are getting smaller and smaller, the fact I will have to buy a new case or 100 dollars in brackets not so much!:shadedshu
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