Intel launches ‘ultra-small’ SSD


Intel has launched a new range of SSDs, claiming to offer high performance whilst only being a fraction of the size of previous generations.

The Intel SSD 310 series is just 5mm thick and measures only 51mm x 30mm, an eighth of the size of Intel's X25 SSD. However, the world's leading chipmaker has claimed it offers the same performance as its larger counterpart.

"The Intel SSD 310 Series is the first in a wave of SSD products we will introduce throughout the next year," said Tom Rampone, vice president and general manager of Intel's NAND Solutions Group.

"With this introduction, Intel is offering full SSD performance in a compact, ultra-small form factor."

The SSD contains a 34nm NAND flash memory and is available in either 40GB or 80GB capacities.

The size clearly targets the ever increasing tablet market but also, when paired with a high capacity hard disk (HDD), claims to up overall performance in a PC by up to 60 per cent.

The SSDs are available now, costing $99 (63) for 40GB versions and $179 for 80GB versions, although you will need to by in bulk quantities.

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