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September 16, 2011

Intel introduces solid-state drive for data centre

Uses Intel 25-nm multi-level cell NAND flash memory

By CBR Staff Writer

Intel has introduced its new Solid-State Drive (SSD) 710 Series, a purpose-built Multi-Level Cell (MLC) data centre SSD and replacement for the Intel X25-E Extreme SSD.

Intel SSD 710 uses compute-quality Intel 25-nanomenter (nm) MLC NAND flash memory with Intel High Endurance Technology (HET) to deliver the endurance and performance necessary for data centre, financial services, embedded, Internet portal, search engine and other demanding storage and server applications.

Intel vice president and general manager of the Intel Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group Rob Crooke said Intel SSD 710 Series gives enterprise data centre and embedded users better endurance and performance, enabled by Intel’s High Endurance Technology based on Intel 25nm MLC NAND technology.

The Intel SSD 710 delivers nearly the same endurance as SLC-based NAND SSDs, yet utilises the higher capacity and more cost-effective MLC NAND.

It achieves write endurance of up to 1.1 Petabytes (PB) and comes in 100-Gigabyte (GB), 200GB and 300GB capacities.

Targeted for I/O-starved applications and with an enhanced random write and read performance, this a suitable replacement to an SLC SSD or multiple enterprise-grade hard disk drives (HDD), the company said.

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Intel claims that SSD 710 can replace many power-consuming HDDs with a single SSD to help reduce data centre energy costs.

The Intel SSD 710 also includes increased reliability and security features; data security with surplus NAND flash memory; Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) with 128-bit pre-configured encryption technology to protect data and temperature monitoring, among others.

Intel HET combines NAND silicon enhancements and SSD NAND management techniques to extend the write endurance of MLC based SSDs and it comprises Intel-developed firmware, controller and high-cycling NAND.

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