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Intel's Plans for New SSDs in 2012 Detailed

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Based on a roadmap slide posted by VR-Zone, Intel looks to be paving way for new versions for each SSD market segments (SSD, PCIe and mSATA) in 2012.

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Through first quarter of 2012, Intel will be releasing new SSDs: Intel SSD 520 "Cherryville" Series (replacement for the Intel SSD 510 Series), Intel SSD 710 "Lyndonville" Series (Enterprise HET-MLC SSD replacement for X25-E series), and Intel SSD 720 "Ramsdale" Series (PCIe based SSD). In addition, you will be seeing two additional mSATA SSDs codenamed "Hawley Creek" by the end of the fourth quarter 2011.

Starting with the second quarter 2012, Intel looks to be launching "Ramsdale MLC" PCI-Express SSD, a variant of Ramsdale that uses HET-MLC NAND flash memory, instead of SLC. The capacities will double from 200/400 GB versions to 400/800 GB versions. HET-MLC gives the write endurance comparable to a SLC SSD, while getting the capacity advantage that MLC offers to users (Spoiler: Look for more details on HET-MLC on an upcoming review of the Intel SSD 710 Series - coming soon!). In addition, Intel plans to launch codename "King Crest", a successor of SSD 520 "Cherryville" series. The drive is set to utilize a SATA 6.0 Gb/s interface and 25 nm HET-MLC NAND flash instead of regular 25 nm NAND flash found on SSD 520 series.

Third quarter 2012, we see Intel set to launch codenamed "Taylorsville", which looks set to be successor of the SSD 710 series. "Taylorsville" will be available in capacities of 800 GB, 400 GB, and 200 GB. It will follow suit with the SSD 710 series and will use HET-MLC NAND flash memory, along with SATA 6.0 Gb/s interface. To finish off Q3 '12, Intel is set to launch codenamed "Lincoln Crest", which looks set to be successor of the SSD 320 series. Though capacity availability is unknown at this time, the "Lincoln Crest" looks to make the final transition for all Intel SSD drives to MLC-HET NAND flash memory and SATA 6.0 Gb/s interface.

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    wunderkinder , October 11, 2011 8:14 PM
    Will the price drop?
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    JohnnyLucky , October 11, 2011 8:16 PM
    There seems to be some speculation about the controller in the new Intel 520 ssd which will be released on November 4th. No official word yet whether the ssd will be equipped with an Intel, Marvel, or some other controller.

    I noticed in a few other forums that members were wishing for a SandForce based controller. It's probably just wishfull thinking with no basis in fact.

    Too bad my crystal ball is cracked and does not work.
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    rantoc , October 11, 2011 9:41 PM
    wunderkinderWill the price drop?


    Depends on the competition, Intel have had 60% profit from the previous series and without competition Intel will be more like in the old days before AMD came with Athlon.. Hope the bulldozer will be able to deliver or Intel will stop their swinging and revert to take huge sums of money for small upgrades once again. Competition FTW!
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    pckitty4427 , October 11, 2011 9:42 PM
    The price of an 800GB SSD will probably by as much as a computer.
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    ScrewySqrl , October 11, 2011 10:10 PM
    pckitty4427The price of an 800GB SSD will probably by as much as a computer.



    possibly more, given My computer was only $600
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    soky602 , October 11, 2011 11:45 PM
    rantocDepends on the competition, Intel have had 60% profit from the previous series and without competition Intel will be more like in the old days before AMD came with Athlon.. Hope the bulldozer will be able to deliver or Intel will stop their swinging and revert to take huge sums of money for small upgrades once again. Competition FTW!

    What does AMD got to do with Intel's SSD's pricing?
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    jecho , October 11, 2011 11:52 PM
    soky602What does AMD got to do with Intel's SSD's pricing?

    You apparently know nothing of business and should now keep your mouth shut or your jelly fingers off the keyboard
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    Kamab , October 12, 2011 12:07 AM
    JECHOYou apparently know nothing of business and should now keep your mouth shut or your jelly fingers off the keyboard


    Or maybe you don't know the difference between a desktop CPU and an SSD.
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    AbdullahG , October 12, 2011 12:23 AM
    soky602What does AMD got to do with Intel's SSD's pricing?

    I believe he is saying Intel basically has no competition against a known rival (AMD)as they have nothing to offer in terms of SSD. However, this can turn out like the events of AMD releasing Athlon against Intel. For all we know, AMD could have plans for SSDs (they already have RAM made, but not for consumers such as ourselves). Bulldozer was just a side note considering he brought up CPUs.
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    AbdullahG , October 12, 2011 12:27 AM
    pckitty4427The price of an 800GB SSD will probably by as much as a computer.

    Several computer actually. OCZ has 720GB, 960GB, and 1 TB SSDs that cost over $2k.
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    youssef 2010 , October 12, 2011 1:15 AM
    Time for the cost per gigabyte to take a dive
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    alidan , October 12, 2011 3:37 AM
    pckitty4427The price of an 800GB SSD will probably by as much as a computer.


    wow, they make 5000+ computers?
    1000$ cpu
    2400$ 4xgpu
    600$ 2 16gb kits
    300$ motherbord
    200$ hdd
    100$ boot ssd
    200$ sound card

    even that retardedly expensive computer i listed comes in cheaper than i think the 800gb ssd will be
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    JOSHSKORN , October 12, 2011 5:50 AM
    Ugh I bet the 800 GB variation will be around $2k. :(  I'm still waiting on an affordable 1 TB SSD. Maybe if I'm lucky I can keep my dual core machine running until then...maybe 2013?
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    rantoc , October 12, 2011 8:13 AM
    soky602What does AMD got to do with Intel's SSD's pricing?


    I was refering to what happens in a market without any real competition, Intel today are one of the few SSD producers that have control of the whole chain all the way from the Nand production. Samsung are in the same spot but they do anything to keep the margain up no matter the cost, search for "Samsung DDR Court" and you should get a fair idea how much they "like" competition..

    Most of the other SSD producers have to purchase the Nand + Controllers from different suppliers and that drives up price per unit so there are really no competition - Thats why the prices are what they are and the 60% margain can be maintained. The Amd was more of an example of what happens when a company have dominated a market to long...
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    gavjof , October 12, 2011 1:26 PM
    JOSHSKORNUgh I bet the 800 GB variation will be around $2k. I'm still waiting on an affordable 1 TB SSD. Maybe if I'm lucky I can keep my dual core machine running until then...maybe 2013?

    Good luck with that. Why would you want/need a 1TB SSD?
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    danwat1234 , November 13, 2011 4:27 AM
    I have yet to see a new SATA SSD get much better random read performance than my Intel X25-m G2 80GB drive. I hope the Sandforce 3000 controllers or whatever they will be called will bring more innovation!