Intel Announced Third-Generation 320 Series SSD
Intel Corporation officially launched its third generation 320 Series solid state drives (SSDs). Solid state drive is the new rage in storage device segment. It promises to give better and much improved performance. According to Intel, the new 320 Series SSD is company’s first drive to use 25nm MLC NAND chips and is designed to replace the existing Intel X25-M SATA SSD family.
The new 320 Series SSD is equipped with 3Gbps SATA II interface which delivers powerful performance of read and write speeds. The new solid state drive produces up to 39,500 input/output operations per second (IOPS) random reads and 23,000 IOPS random writes on its highest-capacity drives. 320 Series SSD offers up to 220 MB/s sequential writes and up to 270 MB/s sequential reads. The 28-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) capabilities help to protect personal data in case of theft or loss.
“Intel designed new quality and reliability features into our SSDs to take advantage of the latest 25nm silicon, so we could deliver cost advantages to our customers,” said Pete Hazen, director of marketing for the Intel Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) Solutions Group. “Intel’s third generation of SSDs adds enhanced data security features, power-loss management and innovative data redundancy features to once again advance SSD technology. Whether it’s a consumer or corporate IT looking to upgrade from a hard disk drive, or an enterprise seeking to deploy SSDs in their data centers, the new Intel SSD 320 Series will continue to build on our reputation of high quality and dependability over the life of the SSD.”
The Intel 320 Series SSD definitely improves user’s multitasking capabilities. Now user can play music or download a video while working on a document without any significant slow down in performance. Another impressive feature is Intel SSD Toolbox with Intel SSD Optimizer utility which offers Microsoft Windows users with a set of diagnostic, management and information tools to maintain the drive health. Intel also provides free Intel Data Migration software for all Intel SSD users.
“With recent announcements, we have expanded our SSD product line and now offer both consumers and computer OEMs more SSD choices,” said Tom Rampone, vice president and general manager, Intel NVM Solutions Group. “We see the Intel SSD 320 as a solid advancement to our SSD roadmap, and will continue to upgrade and refresh our SSD product line as we add more enterprise options for our business customers throughout the year.”
The new drives are actually 30% cheaper compared to previous X-25M drives with the price tags of 40GB for $89, 80GB for $159, 120GB for $209, 160GB for $289, 300GB for $529, and 600GB for $1,069 (based on 1,000-unit quantities) with limited 3-year warranty from Intel.