Intel’s Roadmap: Ivy Bridge, Panther Point, and SSDsby Kristian Vättö on May 6, 2011 1:05 AM EST
Intel’s SSD Plans
|Intel's SSD Roadmap|
|Currently Shipping||Future Products|
|Code Name||Soda Creek||Postville Refresh||Elmcrest||Larsen Creek||Postville Refresh||Lyndonville||Ramsdale|
|Flash||34nm MLC||25nm MLC||34nm MLC||34nm SLC||25nm MLC||25nm MLC-HET||34nm SLC|
|Interface||SATA 3Gb/s||SATA 3Gb/s||SATA 6Gb/s||SATA 3Gb/s||SATA 3Gb/s||SATA 3Gb/s||PCIe 2.0 (?)|
|Read speed (MB/s)||200||270||500||N/A||270||N/A||N/A|
|Write speed (MB/s)||70||220||315||N/A||220||N/A||N/A|
|4KB read (IOPs)||35000||39500||20000||N/A||39500||N/A||N/A|
|4KB write (IOPs)||6600||23000||8000||N/A||23000||N/A||N/A|
It looks like Intel has learned something from their CPU model name fiascos, though to be fair the SSD lineup naming is quite simple. The 300 series is intended for consumers, the 500 series is for enthusiasts/prosumers, and the 700 series is for enterprise customers. Let’s take each in turn.
The soon-to-be-released 320 series is the same as the 2.5” 320 series, only in a 1.8” form factor. “Lyndonville” and “Ramsdale” are set to replace the X25-E lineup, which is frankly long overdue. Unfortunately, both still list SATA 3Gbps as their interface speed, which further explains why Intel is using someone else’s controller for the 510 series. However, most enterprise customers will be stuck with SATA 3Gbps controllers for a while yet so it’s not as big of a problem. The MLC-HET flash memory is supposedly higher quality MLC for enterprise use. Sadly, we don’t have any further information about MLC-HET and how it compares with regular MLC and SLC.
There aren’t any new 500 series parts, so we’ll move to the 300 series. The 20GB 310 series “Larsen Creek” SSD is a special case intended solely for use with Intel’s SRT. That accounts for its small size as well as the use of SLC flash; we’ll have more information on it in the near future, including a full performance review. Pricing is expected to be relatively low (under $100), so with the appropriate platform it could be ideal for users on a tight budget who still want SSD performance.
As always, Intel has many irons in the fire and most are looking very interesting. From ultra-high-end enthusiast processors to low power Atoms and everything in between, they have something to sell you. They also have companion chipsets, motherboards, SSDs, wireless devices, and other odds and ends to go with their processors. It’s no surprise this business model continues to increase their revenue and net profits every year. We always look forward to the steady march of technology; we don’t yet know what 2013 and beyond will bring, but 2011 and 2012 are looking very strong for Intel. AMD’s Bulldozer and Llano certainly have their work cut out for them, but we’ll see where the chips fall in the next few months.