Intel Announces Line of NAND Flash Drives

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  1. Tiffany Boggs

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    Intel officially announced today that it's going to enter the hard drive market with its own line of solid state offerings. The company claims the drives will be used in a variety of Intel-based computing platforms, such as servers, notebooks and low-cost PCs. I am sure Tablets will see this technology soon enough as well.

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    The Z-U130 will come in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB varieties and will have read times of 28MB per second and write speeds of 20MB per second. All of this will be connected using a standard USB 2.0/1.1 interface.

    Intel says the drive is also expected to meet an average mean time between failure (MTBF) of five million hours. If the drives meet this expectation, they will be a lot more reliable than their predecessors considering the average MTBF of a hard drive today is between 300,000 to 1,200,000 hours.

    No word at this time on pricing, but according to Intel, the 1GB and 2GB drives are already in production and the 4GB model is set to follow in April. If you want the 8GB you are going to have to wait till the end of the year because it's not expected to hit the market until December.

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    Aren't these a little small to be useful as hard drives, especially in notebooks where we can't use two internal hard drives?
     
  3. Gautam

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    MY guess is that multiple ones will be paired in tandem in order to get a higher GB value.
     
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    but why pass by usb?
     
  5. The Niles

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    Isn't this part of the new Intel technology that allows the operating system to boot from Flash so as to start faster and use less power? Robinson I believe the technology was called.
     
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    Oh. Flash drive = USB drive, so it can be used in things like Vista ReadyBoost.
     
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    Oh, never mind. :) My head was thinking about SSD or Hybrid HDs when I read this...
     
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