Intel Adds to Rapidly Expanding SSD Line with 510 Series

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-02-28 Print this article Print

The new 510 series features fast 6Gbps SATA throughput and is aimed at gamers and high-performance deployments.

Intel, which has become noticeably more productive on the solid-state processor front in the last 18 months, on Feb. 28 added to its product line an entirely new SSD series aimed at high-performance users and high-end game enthusiasts.

The new 510 series features fast 6G bps SATA (Serial ATA) throughput and is designed to work optimally with second-generation Intel Core processors. It also employs a fast new SSD (solid-state drive) controller that enables data-read speeds as high as 500MB per second and a sequential write speeds of up to 315 MB per second, said Troy Winslow, Intel's director of NAND flash product marketing.

The new drives, which follow on the heels of mini-SSDs (310 series) that Intel announced in January at the Storage Visions conference, are being introduced at the Intel Solution Summit this week in Las Vegas.

The Intel 510 uses 34-nanometer MLC (multi-level cell) NAND flash memory. The smaller 310s use a 3G bps SATA interface and are aimed at mobile-computing devices and embedded applications.

The 510 SSDs are available in 120GB capacities at $284 each (price per 1,000 units) and in 250GB versions ($584 each per 1,000 units). 

Intel's strategy, being played out now, is to anticipate the quickly developing demands of the IT market and diversify its SSD designs for specific sectors that include gaming, video, portable PCs and embedded deployments, among others.

Intel introduced its first SSDs, the X25-M and X18-M at its Developer Forum in August 2008. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip maker has been putting out new purpose-built solid-state drives every two or three months since then.

Intel also was a founding member of a new SSD technical standards group, which started work in the fall of 2010.


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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