SSDs are getting smaller, good news for laptops and netbooks.
Hope to see smaller laptops/netbooks with these small boot drive SSDs and a 500GB HDD, great combination.
Add in the new Sandy Bridge CPU, 8GB RAM, and they will have excellent speed.
Although not quite the Intel SSD announcement we were expecting in Q4, today Intel unveiled its first mSATA SSD: the Intel SSD 310.
Based on the 34nm Intel X25-M G2 controller, the 310 will be available in both 40GB and 80GB capacities. The 80GB version should perform a bit slower than an 80GB X25-M G2 while the 40GB version will perform like a 40GB X25-V.
The 310 isnít about performance, rather form factor. The SSD in Appleís new MacBook Air is just the beginning - OEMs are beginning to shed the limits of traditional hard drive form factors as SSDs donít need to house a circular platter.
The Intel SSD 310 is OEM only at this point. Lenovo has already announced it will offer the 310 in ThinkPads in the future, while DRS Technologies will show off a tablet PC next month with the 310 inside. The 40GB drive is priced at $99 while the 80GB version will run you $179 in 1000 unit quantities.
As for the rest of Intelís SSD updated lineup? While internal roadmaps showed a Q4 release for the 3rd generation X25-M based on 25nm NAND, that product is obviously delayed. Weíre also hearing that new SandForce drives are still months away so those of you eagerly waiting for new drives at the high end will have to wait a bit longer.