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Intel Solid-State-Drive (SSD)

 2009-05-15

A Solid-State Drive (or SSD in short form) is a data storage device that uses solid-state memory to store persistent data. Without using any moving parts, Solid-state drives are less fragile than conventional hard disks and are also silent, also SSD emulates a hard disk drive interface, thus easily replacing it in most applications.

Solid-state storage technology typically provides faster system performance than traditional magnetic media drives (aka hard disk drives or HDDs). In addition, there are no moving parts in SSDs and therefore the risk of mechanical failure is near zero. Solid-state drives also provide improved overall system responsiveness while consuming much less power than a traditional hard disk drive. This translates into a cooler, quieter platform.



Intel currently offers high-performance solid-state drives in industry-standard form factors which can be used for servers, laptops and desktop PCs, along with embedded solid-state drives for netbooks, nettops, mobile internet devices (MIDs), digital entertainment and other small form-factor designs. The SATA interface class of Intel SSD especially shows excellent performance over the various storage media, it can be categorized into two class - Extreme version (X25-E) and Mainstream version (available in 2.5" X25-M and 1.8" X18-M).


Intel Extreme SATA SSD

The Intel Extreme SATA Solid-State Drives (SSDs) offers outstanding performance and reliability for servers, storage (including DAS,SAN,NAS) and high-end workstations. Enterprise applications place a premium on performance, reliability, power consumption and space. Drawing from decades of memory engineering experience, the Intel X25-E Extreme SATA SSD is designed to deliver outstanding performance and reliability, featuring the latest generation native SATA interface with an advanced architecture employing 10 parallel NAND Flash channels equipped with single-level cell NAND Flash memory for even grater overall performance and reliability. With powerful Native Command Queuing to enable up to 32 concurrent operations, these Intel SSDs deliver higher input/output per second and throughput performance than other SSDs on the market today -and drastically outperform traditional hard disk drives. These Intel drives also features low write amplification and a unique wear-levelling design for higher reliability, meaning Intel drives not only perform better, they also last longer. Furthermore it has market highest IOPs and best endurance performance, thus suitable for Enterprise server and storage applications. Meanwhile all Intel X25-e Extreme SATA SSD are tested and validated on the latest Intel based server and workstation platforms, thus customers will have peace of mind if intend to use it.




Intel Mainstream SATA SSD

Featuring the latest-generation native SATA interface with an advanced architecture employing 10 parallel NAND Flash channels equipped with multi-level cell NAND Flash memory. Similar with Extreme version, it also have powerful Native Command Queuing to enable up to 32 concurrent operations, capable to deliver higher input/output per second and throughput performance than other SSDs on the market today and drastically outperform traditional hard disk drives. Intel mainstream SSD are available in either 2.5" (Intel X25-M Mainstream SATA Solid-State Drive)
or 1.8" (Intel X18-M Mainstream SATA Solid-State Drive) standard hard drive form factors. And similarly all Intel Mainstream SSDs are tested and validated on the latest Intel-based notebook and desktop platforms, and it is especially ideal for read intensive applications.