Intel: New 34 nm flash memory based SSDs - cheaper and faster
Intel updates the X25-M and the X18-M SSDs with 32 nanometer flash chips. The new revision isn't just more efficient but can handle even more operations per second and is even cheaper than the previous version.
Intel has upgraded the M25-M and the X18-M SSDs from 50 nanometer NAND flash chips to new 34 nanometer versions. Thus the storage devices don't just become cheaper, but faster, smaller and more efficient, too.
At first the Intel X25-M is overhauled, but the X18-M will follow in August already. Intel starts the new series with capacities of 80 and 160 GByte. The according SSDs will be available for comparatively low starting prices of 225 respectively 440 USD - other SSDs that use 50 nanometer chips and the same controller from Indilinx are more expensive.
With the new X25-M SSDs Intel is able to reach a price per gigabyte of 2.81 USD (80 GByte) respectively 2.75 USD (160 GByte) - competitors reach up to 3.41 USD per GByte.
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