Every year solid state drives get smaller, cheaper, and more affordable for more different applications. Anandtech reports that Intel and Micron have just started to push another series of advancements that will help to further SSD technology. IMFT (an Intel/Micron joint) is now sampling 2-bits-per-cell MLC NAND flash made using 25nm transistors. The company believes that its 25nm NAND technology is a year ahead of the competition.
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They won't be ready to start producing en masse until Q2, and the first products made in this way should launch before the end of Q4. Intel's X25-M will be available in 160 GB, 320 GB and 600 GB sizes at that point, all of which will use 25 nm Flash. These advances will also help Intel to make cheap and small flash memory for devices like smartphones. Intel can now build an 8 GB drive that takes up the same amount of space as their 4 GB drives did last year.