Intel demonstrated its tiny 310 series solid state drive at the Storage Visions show Jan. 5 in Las Vegas. The 310 unit is capable of performing as well as the Intel X25 SSD drive and is designed for use in tablets, notebooks, and embedded applications.
Intel claims its latest solid state drive is capable of
delivering performance on par with its popular X25 drive despite the tiny
size, the company said.
Originally announced Dec. 29, Intel showcased the fast,
ultra-compact SSD at the Storage Visions
show on Jan. 5, which is running in
conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. At the same time, DRS
Technologies is showing off its new ARMOR 7 tablet PC equipped with the Intel 310 at CES.
The ARMOR mobile and field unit is designed to work in
extreme temperatures and withstand shock, vibration and drops. "The Intel SSD
310 Series fits the bill by offering a reliable and high performing memory
solution," said Mike Sarrica, vice-president and general manager of DRS
Measuring about two inches long by one inch wide, less than
0.20 inches thick and weighing just 10 grams, the Intel 310 SSD series is
specifically designed for dual-drive notebooks
, single-drive tablets, and
rugged, low-power military or industrial embedded applications, the company
said. The fast ultra-compact SSD will help accelerate boot time and access to
frequently used applications or files.
Lenovo will also be incorporating the Intel 310 SSD "across
the ThinkPad line," said Tom Butler, director of ThinkPad product marketing at
Lenovo. Butler said the drives will be
found in both single-drive and dual-drive ThinkPads. While Lenovo has ThinkPads
on display at CES, it is unclear as to whether any of them are based on the 310
Under testing conditions on a Lenovo IdeaPad Y560
said the fast ultra-compact SSD improved overall PC system performance by up to
60 percent when paired with a high-capacity 5400 rpm hard disk drive in a
The small SSD draws very negligible amounts of power during
idle, at 75 mW, and 150 mW when active, according to the specifications.
ThinkPads with the 310 Series inside will give customers "faster
performance and longer battery life," said Tom Looney, vice-president and
general manager of the public sector and enterprise group at Lenovo.
The ultra-small device, measuring a mere eighth of the 2.5-inch
Intel X25 SSD but uses the same 10-channel controller architecture to enable
high performance, Intel said. Available in 40GB and 80GB storage capacities, the
310 is "the first in a wave of SSD products" expected from Intel throughout
2011, according to Tom Rampone, Intel vice-president and general manager of
Intel's NAND solutions group.
The Intel 310 SSD comes with a 34nm Intel NAND flash memory
and will be available as a mSATA drive. It supports SATA 1.5 Gbps and 3 Gbps signals
over a PCI Express mini-connector for on-board, compact storage, as would be
required in single-drive tablets and handheld devices, according to the
company. The mSATA drive can also be connected to an existing SATA port on a PC
to perform as a boot drive.
According to the product specifications, the 40GB drive is
capable of up to 170 MB/s sustained sequential reads and 35 MB/s sustained
sequential writes. The 80GB is capable of 200 MB/s and 70 MB/s for read/write
Intel's free Solid-State Drive Toolbox application supports
the 310 Series to run and schedule automatic maintenance tasks that optimize
the drive's performance.
The drive is already shipping to customers in 1,000-unit
quantities. Pricing is set at $99 for the 40GB drive and $179 for 80GB, Intel