Intel Unveils New Line of MLC SSDs
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.