Intel has used the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco to highlight the launch of its latest product line, namely the Solid-State Drive 710 Series.
The 710 Series SSDs are purpose-built multi-level cell (MLC) enterprise data centre-level replacements for Intel’s own X25-E Extreme SSD, which came out in 2009.
The new Intel offering follows a trend toward more enterprise-type deployments for the MLC SSDs. MLC actually is about half the cost of single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory, but it has had reliability problems during its development. Thus, enterprise IT has largely shied away from MLC until manufacturers solved those problems.
Continued improvements by Intel, IBM, Samsung and other SSD makers now have stabilised MLC Flash memory to the extent that it is now generally considered ready for prime time applications, analysts have said.
The new chips feature “more than 30 times the write endurance of our current MLC SSDs,” said Rob Crooke, vice president and general manager of the Intel Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. It also features write endurance of up to 1.1PB and comes in 100GB, 200GB and 300GB capacities.
The Intel SSD 710 Series is $649 (£410) for the 100GB version, $1,289 (£814) for the 200GB and $1,929 (£1,218) for 300GB, all based on 1,000-unit quantities.