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Submission + - Intel SSD Roadmap Points To 2TB Drives Arriving In 2014 And HET MLC NAND (hothardware.com) 2

MojoKid writes: A leaked Intel roadmap for solid state storage technology suggests the company is pushing ahead with its plans to introduce new high-end drives based on cutting-edge NAND flash. It's significant for Intel to be adopting 20nm NAND in its highest-end data center products, because of the challenges smaller NAND nodes present in terms of data retention and reliability. Intel introduced 20nm NAND lower in the product stack over a year ago, but apparently has waited till now to bring 20nm to the highest end. Reportedly, next year, Intel will debut three new drive families — the SSD Pro 2500 Series (codenamed Temple Star), the DC P3500 Series (Pleasantdale) and the DC P3700 Series (Fultondale). The Temple Star family uses the M.2 and M.25 form factors, which are meant to replace the older mSATA form factor for ultrabooks and tablets. The M.2 standard allows more space on PCBs for actual NAND storage and can interface with PCIe, SATA, and USB 3.0-attached storage in the same design. The new high-end enterprise drives, meanwhile, will hit 2TB (up from 800GB), ship in 2.5" and add-in card form factors, and offer vastly improved performance. The current DC S3700 series offers 500MBps writes and 460MBps reads. The DC P3700 will increase this to 2800MBps read and 1700MBps writes. The primary difference between the DC P3500 and DC P3700 families appears to be that the P3700 family will use Intel's High Endurance Technology (HET) MLC, while the DC P3500 family sticks with traditional MLC.
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Intel SSD Roadmap Points To 2TB Drives Arriving In 2014 And HET MLC NAND

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  • SSDs aren't in any danger of completely replacing spinning hard drives in the near future, but I can see that day coming.

    For the past year, I've been booting to a 500GB SSD and using several hard drives for storage. I recently picked up a 960GB M500 Crucial SSD for $440 from Amazon and moved my games folder to it, now only my movies reside on hard drives.

    The day of removing all hard drives from my computer won't come next year, but I can see it within 3 years.

    The price of SSDs is higher, but the smal

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