Intel Unveils New Line of MLC SSDs

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-09-15 Print this article Print

The 710 Series are purpose-built multi-level cell (MLC) enterprise data center-level SSD replacements for Intel's own X25-E Extreme SSD.

Intel, following up on its promise to keep cranking out new and improved SSDs because its customers demand them, on Sept. 15 launched its latest product line, the Solid-State Drive 710 Series, at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

The 710 Series SSDs are purpose-built multi-level cell (MLC) enterprise data center-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 stabilized MLC Flash memory to the extent that it is now generally considered ready for prime time applications, analysts have said.

The SSD 710 uses Intel 25-nanomenter MLC NAND flash memory with Intel's proprietary high-endurance "secret sauce" to deliver the endurance and performance for data center, financial services, embedded, Internet portal, search engine and other storage and server applications, Intel 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 for the 100GB version, $1,289 for the 200GB and $1,929 for 300GB, all based on 1,000-unit quantities.

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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