Intel Develops Improved SSD Innovation
Later this year, Intel is looking to release a couple new models of SSDs to go along with its highly anticipated Z68 chipset. A nifty little feature of these SSDs allows them to be used as a performance-enhancing cache for other mechanical HDDs installed in the machine. The Z68 chipset will be the first to support "Intel Rapid Storage Technology SSD caching", producing an end-user experience similar to that of Seagate's Momentus XT hybrid hard drive. Intel SSDs with capacities between 18.6GB and 64GB will be able to cache frequently accessed data on the drive and drastically reduce loading times. Intel and Micron's new facility will manufacture the new SSDs, though they are to still be made with the current 34nm process. The new drives shall improve performance across the board in comparison to the previous generation. Amongst them will be a 400GB SLC drive and an enterprise-class drive based on MLC technology.