New Intel Solid-State Drive Hits 600GB

Intel has released a new series of solid-state drives that offer up to 600 gigabytes in capacity.

The world's largest chipmaker is harnessing its most innovative manufacturing technology to get the larger capacities--with chip geometries shrinking to a mere 25 nanometers. Those geometries are a step ahead of its newest Core i series processors, which are built on a slightly "fatter" 32-nanometer manufacturing process.

Intel's third-generation SSD 320 Series comes in 40, 80, 120, 160, 300, and 600GB options.

The new SSDs are faster and deliver up to 39,500 input/output operations per second (IOPS) random reads and 23,000 IOPS random writes on its highest-capacity drives. Maximum sequential write speeds have doubled from its second-generation SSDs to 220 megabytes-per-second (MB/s) sequential writes. Read throughputs have been boosted to 270 MB/s sequential reads. These numbers are comparable to--and in some cases exceed--published numbers from Samsung, a leading SSD manufacturer and supplier.

"This greatly improves a user's multitasking capabilities. For example, a user can easily play background music or download a video, while working on a document with no perceivable slow down," Intel said in a statement. 320 series SSDs also add enhanced data security features, power-loss management and innovative data redundancy features.

Solid-state drives have found a good market in laptops. SSDs are standard on all of the new ultra light weight MacBook Air laptops from Apple and new ultraportables like the Samsung 9 Series, among other popular laptops from Dell, Sony, and Toshiba. Generally, SSDs are faster at reading data than hard disk drives.

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