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Intel says that its upcoming SSDs will better Samsung's offerings in performance.  (Source: Samsung)
Intel to boost performance of its next generation SSDs

In late December, Intel launched its Z-P140 PATA solid-state disks (SSDs). The tiny drives measure just 12x18x1.8mm and power consumption is equally miniscule with readings of 1.1mW while idle and 300mW during read/write operations.

When it comes to performance and storage capacity, however, the Intel SSDs are a little behind the times. The Z-P140 can only be had in storage capacities of up to 16GB while read/write speeds come in at just 40MB/sec and 30MB/sec respectively.

Intel looks to leapfrog its current offering later this year with new multi-level cell (MLC) chips which will be used in 1.8" and 2.5" SSDs. According to Intel's NAND Products Group guru Troy Winslow, the drives will be available in capacities ranging from 80GB to 160GB.

Intel also plans to take on the best from Samsung and BiTMICRO in terms of performance. Samsung's current MLC-based 128GB SATA-II SSD achieves read speeds of 100MB/sec and write speeds of 70MB/sec. "What I can tell you is ours is much better than that," said Winslow in an interview with CNET.

"When Intel launches its...products, you'll see that not all SSDs are created equal," Winslow added. "The way the SSDs are architected, the way the controller and firmware operates makes a huge difference."

Intel's SSD, like the offerings from Samsung, will use the SATA-II interface.

As more manufacturers step up to produce NAND flash memory for SSDs, one of the few remaining drawbacks for the storage solution will being to subside: the high price of entry. Opting for a 64GB SSD on a MacBook Air will set you back a whopping $999. Adding a 64GB SSD to Dell's XPS M1330 will cost you $650.

Intel feels that pricing will continue to trend downward in the coming months. "Price declines are historically 40 percent per year," Winslow continued. "And in 2009, a 50 percent reduction, then again in 2010." Samsung flash marketing manager Michael Yang recently stated that SSD prices will fall 35 to 45 percent year-to-year.

Hopefully, the estimates on price reductions for SSDs will hold up as production ramps up. Most major manufacturers (Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc.) offer SSD options on their notebooks. ASUS has shown that it move a large quantity of SSD-equipped notebooks -- when the price is right -- and it looks to go for a knockout punch with its second generation Eee PC 900.

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WD ? Seagate ?...
By Strunf on 3/10/2008 3:17:09 PM , Rating: 2
What will be of these guys once the fatal days comes ?

As it is now its like if they went to see a doctor just to be told they will be dead in the next 20 or so years.

RE: WD ? Seagate ?...
By prenox on 3/10/2008 5:25:48 PM , Rating: 2
The size of SSD to an equal size HDD is nowhere near the same price and Unless the SSD goes down in price and up in storage space at the same time your still going to be using a regular HDD to store the rest of your stuff even if you are using a SSD as your OS drive. Its not like these companies won't have time to come up with a way to stay in business in the mean time. Its not like SSD is driving them out of business as we speak.

RE: WD ? Seagate ?...
By mindless1 on 3/11/2008 2:39:27 AM , Rating: 2
You might be surprised how many people doctors would tell would be dead in 20 years if the doctor was being frank and heartless.

20 years is a long time in the tech industry, many startups today can only hope to last 5 years. Hard drive manufacturers already have a lot of infrastructure and good tech, it wouldn't be too far fetched for them to knock out a PCB, buy a few reels of controller chips and memory and there ya go, new players in the SSD market. In a few years what are now proprietary controller chips will be line-items at any electronics supply house and it'll be business as usual, who can market better and cut costs enough to give frugal PC shoppers what seems like the best deal. Unlike Intel vs AMD, SSD drive market could become a lot larger than the HDD market because any small company that makes (a sound card for example) could equally produce a SSD, it doesn't require the precision and elaborate manufacturing capability a mechanical HDD does.

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