CHIPZILLA has taken time out from its legal distractions to release a cheap SSD drive.
The $120 solid state disk drive is being called a server "boot drive" and has 40GB of capacity.
However given that 40GB makes a jolly nice boot drive to speed up your operating system, this is quite good for the great unwashed, none of whom have a server in their home and wouldn't know one if it bit them.
Jon Peracchi, a marketing manager at Intel, told a throng of SSD enthusiasts in Westford that the cheaper drive was part of a range of cut-price SSD drives Intel is intending to release.
According to ComputerWorld, the SSDs will come with in 50GB, 100GB and 200GB sizes that mimic the capacities of high-end hard disk drives.
However they use lower-cost multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash chips, which makes them a little bit less expensive.
The MLC NAND flash modules are priced 40 per cent lower than the single-level cell (SLC) NAND modules in Intel's current X25-E SSD series.
The new enterprise-class drives are expected to ship as samples to equipment manufacturers next April and be in the shops by July, 2010. µ