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Intel to launch 34nm NAND SSDs soon

Industry insiders say Intel could release the new line of 34nm NAND-based Solid State Disks within two weeks

Rumours are running rife on the web regarding Intel’s new line of 34nm NAND-based Solid State Disks (SSDs); industry insiders say Intel could release these new drives within two weeks. The American company originally planned to release these storage devices in quarter four of this year.

SSD drives are storage devices that use non-volatile flash memory to store data. This makes them much faster than standard, spindle-based hard drives, which rely on moving parts to read and write data to their storage platters. Because SSDs lack moving parts these drives are also less susceptible to data-loss caused by sudden shock movements.

Intel’s new NAND SSD drives are said to offer higher performance, higher storage capacities and a lower cost of admission. Windows reckons the higher storage capacity and lower cost will help the drives move out of the niche market, as previous SSDs were incredibly niche because of their limited capacities and high prices.

The 34nm NAND SSDs are expected to bring drives with capacities ranging from 80Gbytes to 320Gbytes. Insiders claim Intel is optimistic about SSDs in 2010 thanks to the smaller and cheaper nodes being used in the 34nm drives, as well as thanks to performance optimisations built into Windows 7.

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