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Intel SSD 530 in NGFF Form-Factor Pictured, Arrives in Q2

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Intel's next-generation SSD 530 series, which sees a single product line covering 2.5-inch and compact form-factors, arrives in the second quarter of 2013. The new series is being designed to offer high-performance even at smaller card form-factors, which is particularly important for the ultra-thin/Ultrabook ecosystem. The drive has been pictured in the newer NGFF (next generation form-factor), which is designed to be even smaller than mSATA.

While mSATA drives typically measure 51 x 30 mm, NGFF measures 42 x 22 mm. NGFF is a single interface featuring pins for both SATA and PCI-Express x2 or x4, and cards designed around its specification can either be SATA SSDs, or other bandwidth-heavy devices (such as 802.11ac WLAN controllers). Cards can even be designed to have an SATA SSD subunit on one side, and a PCI-Express device on the other, saving swathes of PCB real-estate in the process. The form-factor even supports double-sided SSDs such as this one from Lite-On, which features an independent SSD subunit on each side, which is striped in RAID 0. The NGFF Intel SSD 530 family will be introduced in Q2-2013, in two capacities - 80 GB and 180 GB.



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Nice I like this smaller sized SSD can only help more with ultrabooks.
 
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There's actually about half a dozen different NGFF form factors, of which at least two will be used for SSDs as per attached image.
 
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NGFF (next generation form-factor)
I hate when companies decide to use "next" like that. Where do you go from there, "The Form Factor After Next"?
 

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I hate when companies decide to use "next" like that. Where do you go from there, "The Form Factor After Next"?
Having dabbled with PR, I think "next" and "new" are alternated.
 
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Smaller and smaller hardware from Intel.
 
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