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Intel Goes Smaller and Faster with 20nm SSD
By Bryan Chan - on 1 Nov 2012, 3:43pm

Intel Goes Smaller and Faster with 20nm SSD

Intel recently announced that it has shipped its first SSD that uses a 20-nanometer (nm) NAND flash memory process. Known as the Intel SSD 335 Series, these SSDs utilize the smallest, most efficient multi-level cell NAND flash on the market. To maximize the performance of the Intel SSD 335 Series, these SSDs support the SATA 6 Gb/s interface.

The Intel SSD 335 Series is equipped with 240GB worth of storage space, with sequential read speeds of up to 500 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 450 MB/s. It is the first Intel SSD to use the 20nm NAND flash memory jointly developed by IM Flash Technologies (IMFT).

Using a new cell structure, the 20nm technology allows for more aggressive cell scaling. It also uses a planar cell structure – the first in the industry – to enable performance and reliability on par with the SSDs in the previous 25nm generation.

Not only is this SSD big on performance, it is backed by a three-year limited warranty to give you that extra peace of mind. The purchase of this SSD will also entitle you to the Intel SSD Toolbox with Intel SSD Optimizer, a software suite that helps users manage, diagnose and maintain the health of the SSD. This software is available in eight different languages and is compatible with Windows 8.

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