Intel's New 25nm Solid State Drives to Boast Bigger Capacity and Longer Life?
It seems that when the new Intel 25nm solid state drives launch later this year and early next, they will bring more improvements then just a lower price. The capacity of the drives will be increased and the life expectancy of each drive will be prolonged as well. The new drives will be available in both the 2.5" and 1.8" form factor, with the 2.5" drives seeing an increase in capacity up to 600GB while the 1.8" drives will increase to 300GB. The current X25-M and X18-M drives can be had in 80 and 160GB capacities, the X25-V in 40GB and the X25-E in 32 and 64GB sizes. The new X25-M G3 drives will jump to sizes of 160, 300 and 600GB, the new X18-M in 160 and 300GB, the new X25-V will get an 80GB to go with the 40GB, while the X25-E will go to 100, 200, and 400GB capacities. The X25-M G3 drives will also reportedly be able to transfer up to 30 terabytes of data before they kick the bucket, plus a new feature that will help preserve the life of the drive in case of a power outage. The transfer rates will also be improved with up to 250MB/second read and 170MB/s write as well as 40,000 IOPS in 4k random writes. This would be a welcome speed increase for the SSDs but all of this information is merely speculation at this point. Until anything is officially confirmed, take it with a grain of salt.