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Intel halts second generation SSD shipments

New SSD drives are poised to deliver better performance along with higher reliability and capacities

Intel halts second generation SSD shipments
New SSD drives are based on a 34nm NAND fabrication process.

Performance users and enthusiasts eagerly waiting for Intel’s second generation SSD drives will be forced to sit on their cash as Intel announced it is halting shipments.

The new SSD drives are based on a 34nm NAND fabrication process and are poised to deliver better performance, higher reliability and capacities whilst costing less than their first generation counterparts.

Intel has pulled shipments seemingly because of a problem with data corruption. The chip giant reckons that a quick fix is possible via a firmware update and industry insiders say shipments will resume, once all the affected drives have the latest firmware.

At the moment corruption occurs on the second generation SSD drives only if a user configures a password for the drive from within the machine’s BIOS. In this case if the user in question changes or removes the password, the drive corrupts itself.

Intel says the problem does not occur if the user doesn’t use a BIOS password, which means users who have managed to purchase these drives can freely use OS-based password protection or third party applications.

Shipments are expected to resume in two weeks time.

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