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Intel Reducing Price, Raising Capacity On Solid State Drives

March 29, 2011 by Winston Comments Off on Intel Reducing Price, Raising Capacity On Solid State Drives divider image

On Monday, Intel announced a brand new line of solid state drives that will not only bring the price down on these devices, but also increase the capacity on these devices. The price drops have still not dropped the price to a point where they could be the industry’s standard.

According to Computer World, the upcoming Intel Solid State Drive 320 Series is coming in a 2.5 inch package. This 2.5 inch package will triple the capacity over the older X25-M devices. It will also be approximately 30 percent cheaper in some models.

Some other features built into the device is native 128-bit AES encryption designed to protect DATA, as well as NAND flash memory designed to reduce the possibility of failure on the drive. A surplus of NAND flash chips have been added into the SSD’s board. In the event of a chip failure, data will be transferred to a spare chip.

Intel has also released the prices on the SSD 320 line. The 40GB model is planned for $89, the 80GB at $159, the 120GB at $209, the 160GB at $289, the 300GB at $529, and their whopping 600GB at $1,069. The current line, the Intel 80 GB X25M Solid State Drive is going for $247.58 – significantly more expensive than the future line of drives.

Solid state drives are different from traditional hard disk drives in that SSDs use microchips to retain data rather than electromechanical devices that have spinning disks and other moving parts. Solid state drives are considered more durable, quieter, and, perhaps most importantly, faster.

The average cost of a SSD, even with the reduced cost of the Intel drives, will still average out at $1.8 per gigabyte of space. In contrast, many standard hard disk drives can be purchased for less than $0.50 per gigabyte.

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