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Intel enters solid state drive market

Intel has launched a NAND flash based solid state drive. The Z-U130 is said to offer cost effective storage for a range of computing and embedded platforms.

With advantages over hard disks or removable USB storage devices, Intel says its solid state drive delivers faster boot times, embedded code storage, rapid data access and low power storage alternatives. “Solid state drive technology offers many benefits over traditional hard disk drives including improved performance and reliability,” said Randy Wilhelm, vice president and general manager of Intel’s NAND products group. “The Intel solid state drive technology provides robust performance, while offering Intel's industry leading quality, validation and reliability for a variety of embedded applications.” The drive family, which will include a range of industry standard interfaces, comes in 1, 2, 4 and 8Gbyte densities, with a 28Mbyte/s read speed and a 20Mbyte/s write speed.