Intel Postpones 25nm SSDs to February 2011

Intel has already announced its developments into making 25nm flash for the third generation of its SSDs. The G3 SSDs using the new flash, however, won't be arriving this year, reports Nordic Hardware.

Instead, the current 34nm Postville G2 SSDs will be refreshed with a new 120GB mainstream offering in the X25-M line. Performance characteristics will be the same as what's out currently, but the 120GB version will provide something between the entry-level 80GB and top-end 160GB.

The 25nm G3 SSDs, however, won't be arriving until February 2011, according to Nordic Hardware's sources. Intel may be waiting until there's a decent production capacity.

In any case, those waiting for the G3 Intel SSDs will be awarded with better performance and hopefully lower prices than what's currently available.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • jvc21
    I sure hope the prices come down soon. SSDs have been out for a while now...about time they make it more affordable to the mainstream users.
  • Tamz_msc
    Its not that much of a delay IMO.
  • meat81
  • schmich
    Seems to me SSDs won't become all that cheaper, instead they will just go up in capacity and speeds. It's like that with most things. Take laptops for example, they won't go down to $50. They will remain at $399 (or whatever deal you can find) and just go up in performance year after year.
  • zachary k
    jvc21I sure hope the prices come down soon. SSDs have been out for a while now...about time they make it more affordable to the mainstream users.they have been dropping in price, or do you not remember how small and expensive they use to be. just wait, hardware revolutions don't happen overnight.
  • wolfram23
    Well glad I didn't wait and bought my X25 M 80GB a couple weeks ago. Will be interesting to see how the 3rd gen does, tho. Probably will put Sandforce controller to shame...
  • alchemy69
    Yes, because new technology products are always cheaper than the existing ones.
  • kewlx
    I need a 80 GB and 256 GB SSD but to expensive right now >.< maybe if they would actually take down prices for us they might make more because people would be buying them up so fast. I remember when hardrives hit like 10 cents a GB..just wish SSD's where there :D
  • Kahless01
    once they can hit 1$ per gb ssds will take off. its hard to justify anything above that really. i only bought my 80gb x25 cause it was 50$
  • rpmrush
    $50! That was a steal. I paid a little under $100 for my Kingston 64Gb. I'm gonna buy another and raid em for the next build.