Intel's 34nm Solid State Drives
Computer components are constantly shrinking in size. Intel has continued the trend with the release of the new 34nm solid state drives (SSD). Intel claims the drop in size will allow for up to a 60% reduction in cost. Multi level cell (MLC) NAND memory is used in the new drives which are labeled X25-M, the same as the 50nm versions. The distiguishing quality is the new silver housing on the 34nm models versus the black housing on the 50nm versions. The decrease in size offers an increase in performance, particularly in latency and write Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS). Latency sees a 25% decrease to just 65 microseconds. The new models are capable of 6,600 4KB write IOPS and 35,000 read IOPS. The pricing is reasonable with an 80GB model costing $225 and a 160GB model going for $440. The X25-M line is a 2.5-inch form factor; it's smaller version, the X18-M, will begin shipping in 34nm form later this quarter.