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Intel SSD roadmap leaked

Intel SSD roadmap leaked

Intel's Marvell-controlled Elmcrest SSDs look set to migrate to 25nm NAND later this year.

Distracted by a royal marriage, Osama Bin Laden's death and all manner of world shattering developments over the weekend, you may have missed the news of Intel's 2011 SSD roadmap leaking.

Courtesy of the chaps and chapettes at Engadget, Intel's SSD strategy for the next seven months appears to have been laid bare, with some very interesting additions.

As well as the Marvell-based Elmcrest range of SSDs (review next week), it looks as though Intel will move its drives with the in-house Intel controllers, rebadged as the 320 series, to cheaper 25nm NAND, with the Elmcrest SSDs also migrating over to 25nm NAND later in the year. There's also a whopping 600GB SSD nestled in there too - one of the first signs of SSDs significantly growing in capacity.

What's more, it looks as though Intel is planning a whole new range of ultra-high performance SSDs in the form of the 720 'Ramsdale' SLC SATA 6Gbps, featuring single-level cell (cell) NAND, as well as a 2.5in MLC-based SSD under the tag of 710 'Lyndonville.'

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Perhaps most intriguing though, is the 'Larsen Creek' 20GB SLC-based SATA 3Gbps SSD Intel looks to be offering at the very bottom of its range. Why Intel is shipping such a small SSD, and with such expensive NAND, remains to be seen. However, it certainly looks as though Intel is looking to expand its presence in the SSD market in a big way.

Do you have a theory about Intel's 20GB SLC SSD? Surprised Intel hasn't begun the migration to 25nm NAND already? Let us know in the forums.

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Snips 5th May 2011, 07:58 Quote
Would the 20GB SLC SSD be useful for a tablet? Maybe they have found a way to produce the whole unit for a decent price.
perplekks45 5th May 2011, 08:26 Quote
20GB SLC SSD on SATA/mSATA 3Gb/s?! In Q3 '11?! OH COME ON!
Xir 5th May 2011, 08:52 Quote
Sandybridge/Ivybridge speedupdrive
(as shown with first Z68 boards)
greigaitken 5th May 2011, 10:06 Quote
I'm more thinking 20gb ssd smartphone
impar 5th May 2011, 11:33 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xir
Sandybridge/Ivybridge speedupdrive
(as shown with first Z68 boards)
Yep.
http://www.techspot.com/news/43531-intel-readies-20gb-ssd-for-caching-function-on-z68-boards.html
Salty Wagyu 5th May 2011, 15:19 Quote
Can't wait to see prices on that 20GB SSD, if it's affordable (£30~) it's going straight into my netbook.
schwabman 5th May 2011, 16:34 Quote
Is intel's development of the 3D transistor architecture going to at all affect their solid state drives? Pardon my ignorance.
azazel1024 5th May 2011, 19:02 Quote
Yup, rumors are that the 20GB SLC drive is going to be used as a chache drive for the Z68 chipset boards, and frankly I'd be suprised if Intel does ship that SSD caching feature on most of its boards.

Oh, and affordable, I doubt it. With SLC it is probalby going to be well over $2 a GB. I expect at minimum shipping price of $80 US, or on par with a cheap 32GB MLC drive. Probably not super fast as well, as that capacity means very limited number of channels to populate for the controller, even with SLC.
John_T 6th May 2011, 10:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by bit-tech
As well as the Marvell-based Elmcrest range of SSDs (review next week)...

That's what I'm really looking forward to!

I've been dragging my feet on a new build with a 128GB SSD boot drive for months and months, (and months!) - I've decided to pull the trigger in May & just do it. The headline numbers for these are much better than the Crucial C300's, but I want to see if that holds up and translates into real-world performance.

Can't wait! :)
shanky887614 6th May 2011, 10:09 Quote
i would really like an ssd but i need to upgrade my pc first (its a socket 775)
i need at least a 3-400GB ssd though and that with sandy bridge sounds awsome
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