Intel SSD for netbooks and more
Intel has announced a new SSD today that it designed for very small ultraportable gear like netbooks and other stuff that uses m-SATA interface SSDs. The little SSD is called the Intel SSD 310 and supports SATA signals over PCIe connections.
The tiny SSD weighs only 10 grams and comes in 40GB and 80GB capacities. The SSD uses 34nm NAND flash inside and has impressive performance for its size. Sequential read speed is up to 170MB/s for 40GB SSDs and up to 200MB/s in the 80GB version. Sequential writes are up to 35MB/s in 40GB and up to 70MB/s in 80GB capacity.
The little SSDs use little power as well with typical power consumption when active of 150mW and 75mW at idle. The drives sell for $99 in 40GB and $179 in 80GB in 1000 unit quantities.