Details of Intel's Next Round of SSDs Leak Out
Ready for a hybrid system?
Intel may have another new series of SSD up its sleeve that it hasn't told anyone but its OEM partners about. Thankfully, one of its OEM partners – in this case Asrock – has leaked out word of a "Larsen Creek" SSD series thanks to Asrock's showing of its Z68 motherboard.
The documentation speaks of Intel's Smart Response Technology that uses an SSD as a high-speed cache for an HDD. Seagate has explored this sort of hybrid technology in a single device, but soon this cache could hit 20GB with the Intel Smart Response Technology. The slide showing this tech has seen been taken down from Asrock's servers, but still survives in this Engadget posting.
Also on Engadget is a leaked slide showing that Intel also has plans for SSD models 710 "Lyndonville" 3Gb/s and 720 "Ramsdale" 6GB/s for the enterprise market, and even later 520 "Cherryville" 6GB/s to replace the 510. Also later this year will be another 300-series SSD that'll come in mSATA form factor in 40GB and 80GB capacities.