Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Intel Ships 160 GB SSD, Hefty Price Tag Included

Intel began shipping their 160GB solid-state drives on Monday with a very hefty price tag attached. According to Intel, "Introductory" pricing for the SSDs is $945 for less than 1,000 units, a price tag that might be a little hard for most of us to swallow.

The Intel X25-M and X18-M SSDs are based on Intel's Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash Memory with an effective bandwidth of up to 250MB/s Read Speeds and upto 70MB/s Write Speeds, which holds the promise of faster read/write performance than conventional hard disk drives.

The drives will be 2.5-inches and feature full SATA support for use in most newer PCs and laptops. The 1.8-inch Intel X18-M which is geared more toward ultraportable laptops will be released in January '09.

Solid State Drives promise faster boot times, lower power consumption and less heat over traditional hard drives. All equating to what

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