Intel has released a line of solid-state drives for the consumer market: The 2.5-inch Intel Solid-State Drive 320 Series relies on third-generation 25-nanometer circuitry to boost capacity and performance over earlier models.
Businesses are becoming more open to the idea of replacing traditional hard drives with solid-state drives, which cost more but provide instant access to data and perform better overall. Some of the largest processor makers, including Intel, Toshiba and Micron Technology, are supplying the drives to server manufacturers, including IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems.
SanDisk has introduced a new removable flash memory card and two solid-state drives designed specifically for the booming netbook market. Dubbed the pSSD P2 and S2, the drives are designed for use with ARM-based systems, although SanDisk said they will work with Intel's Atom processor as well.
Western Digital paid $65 million for solid-state drive maker SiliconSystems, marking Western Digital's entry into the solid-state drive sector. "SiliconSystems' intellectual property and technical expertise will significantly accelerate WD's solid-state drive development programs for the netbook, client and enterprise markets, providing greater choice for our customers to satisfy all their storage requirements," said Western Digital CEO John Coyne.