Intel’s SSD Plans

Intel's SSD Roadmap
  Currently Shipping Future Products
Series 310 320 510 310 320 700 700
Code Name Soda Creek Postville Refresh Elmcrest Larsen Creek Postville Refresh Lyndonville Ramsdale
Capacities (GB) 80/40 600/300/160/80/40 250/120 20 300/160/80 300/200/100 400/200
Flash 34nm MLC 25nm MLC 34nm MLC 34nm SLC 25nm MLC 25nm MLC-HET 34nm SLC
Form factor mSATA 2.5" 2.5" 2.5"/mSATA 1.8" 2.5" PCIe
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
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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.

Wrap-Up

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.

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  • dgingeri - Monday, May 09, 2011 - link

    "A final interesting point for many users is that Ivy Bridge is pin compatible with Sandy Bridge, and it will work on current LGA1155 motherboards with the appropriate chipset and a firmware and BIOS update (H61, H67, P67, and Z68 are capable of support IB). Intel will also launch new 7-series chipsets, which we’ll get into below."

    Yeah, I believe it when I see it. They said the same thing with the 915/925 chipsets, but when it came down to it, they changed the VRM requirements and controls and a new motherboard was required for Core 2 chips anyway. I bet they do the same thing.

    On the other side of the fence, I have a Nvidia Nforce 590SLi board (socket AM2) that supports even the newest 6 core chips with only a bios upgrade, if I want to replace it. I recently upgraded it from the Athlon 64 6400+ chip (3.2GHz with no overclocking potential and 125W power consumption) to a Athlon II X2 260 (3.2GHz, overclockable to 3.7GHz, and only 65W power usage) for $70. It doesn't sound like an upgrade, but the power savings alone will pay for it in less than 6 months, considering its my file server.

    Intel does have a big history of making people upgrade an entire platform to upgrade. I don't expect them to change that.
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  • Kakkoii - Thursday, June 09, 2011 - link

    You guys are under NDA about Z68 until next week, yet there's already a bunch of information available on computer parts websites for Z68 motherboard pre-orders XD

    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=61757&vpn=GA...

    Kinda funny..
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  • Kakkoii - Thursday, June 09, 2011 - link

    I probably should have looked at AnandTech's Motherboard section before posting this comment. lol. Reply
  • karl96 - Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - link

    appart from what i have seen looks it nice but why does nt intel take out the integrate hd graphics in 3 type of processors and make them hexacore with hyperthreating. i mean sb is extremely powerfull and ivy bridge wil be more powerfull and more efficient. and for me it does not make that much sense such powerull procesoors and igpu? Reply

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