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Intel Intros New Ultra-Compact 310 SSD Series

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Intel's new line of SSDs offers X25 performance at one-eighth the size.

Wednesday Intel announced the release of its ultra-compact 310 Series of SSDs. The new line promises X25-performance at just one-eighth the size, measuring a mere 51-mm by 30-mm and only 5-mm thick. The drives also weigh just 10 grams, making them ideal for dual-drive notebooks and AIO desktops, single-drive tablets and low-power, rugged embedded industrial or military applications.

According to the company, the Intel SSD 310 Series contains 34-nm Intel NAND flash memory in 40 GB and 80 GB capacities using the same 10-channel controller architecture found in Intel's X25-M SATA SSD series. The new line also uses an m-SATA form factor, supporting SATA signals over a PCIe mini-connector.

On the bandwidth front, the 40 GB model offers sustained sequential reads of up to 170 MB/s and sustained sequential writes of up to 35 MB/s. The 80 GB model is slightly faster, providing sustained sequential reads of up to 200 MB/s and sustained sequential writes of up to 70 MB/s. Both have a read latency of 65 microseconds however the 40 GB has a write latency of 110 microseconds and the 80 GB with 75 microseconds.

"The Intel SSD 310 Series is the first in a wave of SSD products we will introduce throughout the next year," said Tom Rampone, Intel vice president and general manager of Intel’s NAND Solutions Group. "With this introduction, Intel is offering full SSD performance in a compact, ultra-small form factor."

Intel said that the new SSDs are already shipping to customers, costing $99 for the 40 GB model and $179 for the 80 GB model, both in 1,000-unit quantities.

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    tuch92 , December 31, 2010 9:09 PM
    Are they going to do these the same way they do processors? Shrink... then speed up.. then shrink.. then speed up. Small size is nice, unless the price shrink too there's no way I'd buy these. Especially with Sandforce 1200 controllers being so much faster and the 2000 controllers not to far away.
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    JOSHSKORN , December 31, 2010 9:27 PM
    Benchmarks please! SATA-III (Internal HD) vs USB (External HD) 3 vs Ultra-Compact 310 SSD Series vs Other SSDs
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    coffee_man , December 31, 2010 10:26 PM
    this would make very powerfull slim disktop
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    amk09 , December 31, 2010 11:12 PM
    I say put one of these in a smartphone or maybe even a PSP.
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    zoemayne , December 31, 2010 11:12 PM
    just more profit for them those numbers are nowhere near SATA III Speeds. They need to stick to the 2.5" form factor and move to SATA III and PCIE.
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    Anonymous , January 1, 2011 12:12 AM
    110 ms read? aren't current ssds at
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    frostyfireball , January 1, 2011 12:46 AM
    Relto110 ms read? aren't current ssds at

    110 microseconds, so 0.11ms.
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    hemburger , January 1, 2011 11:14 AM
    wow, amazing.
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    shin0bi272 , January 1, 2011 11:34 AM
    damn so now the only thing that will hold the size of these drives back is the width of the sata connector! LOL!
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    applegetsmelaid , January 1, 2011 3:53 PM
    Me likey.
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    gwolfman , January 1, 2011 8:11 PM
    Will these work in a Dell Mini 9?
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    dEAne , January 2, 2011 6:35 AM
    This will really change the way we choose desktop casing someday.
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    Lutfij , January 2, 2011 7:01 AM
    :S wow, that small yet so pricey...oh well, I'm waiting till the prices drop and get my first SSD :) 
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    eddieroolz , January 3, 2011 12:31 AM
    That's tiny, but the damn price...
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    The_Prophecy , January 3, 2011 5:04 AM
    Nice, but still a little pricey.... I'm going to continue holding off until something shows up with decent size (over 500GB) at a decent price ($200 or lower).