25nm drives offer 30 per cent lower cost per MB

Intel launches third-generation 320 SSD series

Intel announced the firm’s third-generation solid state drive, the 320 Series, based on state-of-the-art 25nm flash memory.

The chipmaker launched a range of SSD drives in a wide variety of capacities including: 40, 80, 120, 160GB drives a well as new capacity entries for the 320 series, 300 and 600GB models.

The Intel SSD 320 is designed for dekstops and notebooks PCs, targetting mainstream consumers and corporate IT. Intel said that the new 25nm fabrication process delivered up to 30 percent price reduction over the current generation. 

"Intel designed new quality and reliability features into our SSDs to take advantage of the latest 25nm silicon, so we could deliver cost advantages to our customers," said Intel flash memory marketing boss Pete Hazen. 

"Intel’s third generation of SSDs adds enhanced data security features, power-loss management and innovative data redundancy features to once again advance SSD technology."

Priced in 1,000 unit quantities, the Intel SSD 320 starts at $89 for the entry 40GB model, $209 for the 120GB version while the new larger sized 300 and 600GB models will cost $529 and $1069 respectively. 

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