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August 26, 2016

Intel unveils 3D NAND SSDs targeting business, IoT and data center

Claims to be cost effective and offer improved user experience.

By CBR Staff Writer

Intel has unveiled 3D NAND solid state drives (SSDs) targeting consumers, businesses, Internet of Things and data centre applications.

Intel claims that these SSDs cost less and can easily replace traditional hard disk drives. The new SSDs said to improve user experience and speed up performance of apps with high read and write speeds.

The non-volatile memory express (NVMe) SSDs from Intel include the SSD 600P and SSD Pro 6000P are meant for consumers and businesses, respectively.

The SSD 600P Series for individual consumers can be plugged into PCIe Gen 3 x 4 slot and according to Intel, the speeds can be at least three times faster than SATA SSD and 17 times faster than traditional hard disk drive.

The base model of the SSD is 128GB, with variants such as 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. In the 128GB model, the read and write speeds range at 770MB/s and 450MB/s, respectively. The cost of this drive is about £60 ($80).

As the models move up in size, the read and write speeds also increase. In the 1TB drive, the read and write speeds are 1800MB/s and 560MB/s, respectively. The cost of this variant is £350 ($460).

On the other hand, Intel’s SSD 6000P series is aimed at businesses which come with similar specifications but slightly more expensive than the SSD 600P variants. The SSD 6000P variants have features such as remote erase, where users can wipe out the data on the drive remotely.

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Intel claims that the new SSDs consume significantly less power than its predecessors. The drives consume about 100milliwatts of power when in use, 40milliwatts when idle and 5milliwatts during sleep.

Apart from this, the drives come with AES 256-bit self-encryption and have five years of warranty.

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