The SSD market is a fast moving one and Intel is not resting on their laurels. Their X25-M line of SSDs ushered in new levels of performance and affordability in solid state storage.
The third generation of these popular SSDs is coming soon and some details are making their way to the public. The biggest news is that the memory chips are manufactured using smaller transistors, allowing for more chips made per wafer of silicon. Anand of Anandtech tells us that this will yield “roughly twice the capacity at the same price.”
While the drives are still spec’d for SATA 3Gbps, that may change as more of Intel’s chipsets support 6Gbps. Full Disc Encryption is also supported for the first time, an important move for enterprises to consider adopting SSDs. Also as a result of the new transistor manufacturing, drive lifespans should be greatly extended.
The third gen drives will debut in 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch sizes with capacities up to 300GB and 600GB, respectively. Read and write performance are up over the second gen as well.
For a more in-depth analysis of the new drives, hit the source link for Anand’s excellent-as-usual technical articles.