Even though Intel is quite busy, preparing for the forthcoming launch of the Sandy Bridge Platform, there is no way Intel would stop in releasing other products, already in the queue. The chipmaker announced the release of an ultra small solid-state drive, specially developed for dual-drive laptops, those who pair an SSD with a hard disk drive.
The Intel Solid-State Drive 310 Series promises to deliver a full SSD performance in 1/8th the size. The newly unveiled SSD contains 34-nanometer Intel NAND flash memory, which is Intel’s most advanced chip manufacturing processes, available to users in an m-SATA form factor in 40GB and 80GB.
Apart from dual-drive laptops, the company is targeting single-drive Netbooks and tablets. SSDs are one of the most advanced and extremely fast leaving other traditional hard disks wondering. Apple was the first one to switch their entire MacBook Air Series to SSDs. Due to space and heat considerations, certain companies including Sony are making a switch to SSDs.
After the announcing the release, Lenovo agreed to tap in the new Intel SSDs:
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.
Intel is not the only one to develop and introduce the SSDs. Seagate offers a 500GB Momentus XT Hard Disk with integrated flash memory for extra speed. Toshiba on the other hand is supplying its part of the compact solid-states drives in the new MacBook Airs.
Furthermore, Intel announced that the SSD 310 will be available at an attractive price of $99 for the 40GB model, and $179 for the 80GB version.
via [Intel Newsroom]