Intel Launches 20nm SSD Line with the 335 Series
Intel has started shipping what's being touted as an industry-first 20nm solid state drive range, which utilizes a more efficient multi-level cell NAND flash in a smaller package. The Intel 335 Series implements a 20-nanometer NAND flash memory process, developed by IM Flast Technologies (IMFT). The SSD features a SandForce SF-2281 controller coupled with 6Gbps SATA, and a new planar cell structure is being used by its 20nm IMFT NAND. According to Intel, this method allows for a more intensive cell scaling compared with older architectures. Performance-wise, its first 240GB SKU release can churn out 450MB/s sequential writes and a maximum of 500MB/s sequential reads, and is capable of delivering writes up to 52,000 IOPS and 4KB reads of 42,000 IOPS. At a suggested retail price of $195 for the 240GB model, Intel's hopes to target users who want "cutting-edge performance and Intel quality at a consumer friendly price." For more details on the Intel 335 Series, today's Hardware Roundup covers two reviews of the new SSD.