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Intel SSD uses 20nm NAND flash

31 Oct 2012

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Intel has released the solid state drive 335 series (Intel SSD 335 series) that according to the company uses the smallest, most efficient multi-level cell NAND flash on the market, allowing Intel to advance its 300 series client/consumer SSDs to the next-generation technology. The device is a 6Gb/s SATA drive that can replace a traditional, slower operating hard disc drive (HDD) for faster access to files and programs, indicated the company.

The Intel SSD 335 comes in a 240GB capacity that performs 500MB/s sequential reads and 450MB/s sequential writes to provide users a blend of cutting-edge performance and Intel quality at a consumer friendly price, the company added.

The product is Intel's first SSD to use the latest 20nm NAND flash memory jointly developed by IM Flash Technologies (IMFT). The 20nm IMFT NAND uses a new cell structure that enables more aggressive cell scaling than conventional architectures, Intel revealed. The 20nm 64Gb NAND uses a planar cell structure to overcome the inherent difficulties that accompany advanced process technology, enabling performance and reliability on par with the previous 25nm generation. The planar cell structure successfully breaks the scaling constraints of the standard NAND floating gate cell by integrating the first Hi-K/metal gate stack on NAND production.

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Intel SSD 335 series

The Intel SSD 335 series offers best-in-class performance, quality and value. Measuring Random IOPS using 4KB IOPS, the Intel SSD 335 series reads up to 42,000IOPS and writes up to 52,000IOPS. Available in a 2.5in form factor 9.5mm case, it is a speedy replacement to a conventional HDD. Backed by a 3-year limited warranty, the Intel SSD 335 series is available worldwide beginning today.

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