A slide, which is believed to be Intel Corp.’s solid-state roadmap, has been published by a Chinese web-site. The image covers Intel’s SSDs plans till late Q1 2014 and reveals a number of yet unknown details about solid-state offerings from the world’s largest maker of microprocessors.
In case the information about Intel’s upcoming SSDs (which was published by Chinese version of VR-Zone web-site) is correct, then Intel has a lot of rather bold plans when it comes to solid-state storage in particular and professional/enterprise SSDs in particular. It is noteworthy that this year Intel will focus on storage products based on multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash made using 20nm process technology. Only in early 2014 the company will release MLC HET (high endurance technology) NAND flash memory produced at 20nm node aimed at expensive SSDs.
Shortly from now, Intel will release LSI SandForce SF-2281-based 530-series solid-state drives designed for consumers and available in 80GB, 180GB, 240GB, 360GB and 480GB capacities. The drives will be available in different form-factors, including M.2, mSATA and 2.5” and will cover requirements from all types of PCs, starting from ultra-thing ultrabooks to high-performance desktop systems.
In addition, Intel readies Pro 1500-series SSDs that will also be available in various capacities and form-factors, but will come with Trusted Computing Group’s Opal technology designed to protect the confidentiality of stored user data against unauthorized access once it leaves the owner's control, which is something needed for PCs built for government agencies.
In Q1 2014 Intel will offer P3700 and P3500-series solid-state drives with massive 1.60TB – 2TB capacities for servers and datacenters that will combine reliability, data integrity and capacity with high performance.
Intel did not comment on the news-story.