The new drives uses 20 nm MLC flash that is manufactured at IMFT, Intel's flash joint-venture with Micron. The 335 is offered as a 240 GB SSD with a 6 Gbps SATA interface that delivers sustained sequential read speeds of up to 500 MBps and write speeds of up to 450 MBps.
According to Intel, the 2.5-inch, 9.5 mm drive achieves up to 42,000 read IOPS and 52,000 write IOPS. The average power consumption is 350 mW in operation and the reliability is rated at 1.2 million hours MTBF.
"The Intel SSD 335 uses Hi-K/metal gate planar cell technology, which overcomes NAND process scaling constraints to deliver the smallest-area NAND cell and die in the industry," said Rob Crooke, Intel vice president and general manager for the Intel Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, in a prepared statement. "By pushing technology constraints and using process innovation, Intel can continue to progress SSD technology and pass along savings to our customers."
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Well, of course. Isn't "pass along savings to our customers" what Intel is known for? Oh, if you charge system builders, who then charge customers, it doesn't count?
I appreciate Intel's R&D, regardless...but I buy value, which (aside efficiency -- great job there, Intel) usually leads me towards AMD. Obviously, the graphics are better, too...