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Intel Shifts Focus on Enterprise-Class SSDs

by: admin Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Intel will bring over its solid-state family to 25-nanometer technology this fall. The latest information from those in the know says that the company is scrapping earlier plans to use MLC NAND in their business lineup to focus on enterprise MLC (eMLC) technology in anticipation of an early 2011 launch.

Lyndonville is the development name for Intel’s new business-targeted SSDs, and according to data published by X-bit Labs the launch will be delayed to the first quarter of 2011. This makes it possible for Intel to produce eMLC (enterprise multi-level cell) chips in IM Flash’s new 25nm technology.

Enterprise MLC circuits have longer life span than the “mainstream,” consumer-focused MLC and allows more writes and re-writes before the memory cells get worn out (although SLC technology still offers more endurance). Earlier generations of eMLC circuits from IM Flash (34nm) managed as much as six times as many write-erase cycles compared to corresponding MLC circuits.

Lyndonville will be launched with 100GB, 200GB and 400GB storage capacities and replace the current X25-E series.During the fourth quarter the consumer series X25-M is still on schedule to be updated with 25nm technology. These new models come in 80GB, 160GB, 300GB and 600GB storage capacities and with regular MLC NAND circuits.

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