Intel Discontinues X-25E SSD Line

bp9801 - July 1, 2011 02:55PM in Storage / Hard Drives

As with any hardware, there comes a time when something newer and faster comes out to replace a product. In the world of solid state drives, newer and faster models seem to come out almost every month, so this bit of news shouldn't surprise much of anyone. Intel has announced that it will be discontinuing its X-25E SSD line and will replace it with the 710 Series for enterprise users. The X-25E SSDs use 50nm SLC NAND Flash memory, which is in short supply, so Intel is dropping that line of drives by the wayside. The 710 Series use 25nm MLC-HET NAND Flash memory and will arrive in the middle of August, and seeing how the X-25E SSDs will be discontinued on July 11th, there will be a slight gap between them. You may be able to find some stock of the X-25E drives at a few places, but many have sold out and once other sites run out, those SSDs will be all gone.