Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Intel to enter solid state hard drive market

c|net reports: [edited]

At the moment, Intel offers small-capacity chip-level (what are called Thin Small Outline Packages or TSOPs) technology that provides end-product sizes ranging up to 16GB. But this modest line of products will get a big boost in the second quarter when Intel offers 1.8- and 2.5-inch SSDs ranging from 80GB to 160GB in capacity, said Troy Winslow, marketing manager for the NAND Products Group at Intel.

Intel's new SSDs will compete with Samsung which is slated to bring out a 128GB SSD in the third quarter.


Skep said...

The big transition to SSD is coming. All news on that front is good news, and soon the completely silent PC will exist AND be both affordable and functional.

That said, I think I'll miss that mechanical whir of the chip fans, and that gut-wrenching sound as you hear the reader digging DEEP into your largest capacity drive as it fails in the middle of a backup... lol.

brett jordan said...


yep, the demise of 'moving parts' is a very good thing, but I will also miss being able to 'feel' things working...

although with the continuing demands for more and more powerful graphics cards, I'm fairly sure that the reassuring whir of cooling fans will be with us for a long time yet!