We've already been wowed by the stunning (if pricey) Intel X25-M so how about a partnership to get development running a little faster...
In a move initially made to benefit enterprise, Intel has signed an agreement with Hitachi this week to jointly develop and deliver Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Fibre Channel (FC) solid-state drives (SSDs) for servers, workstations and storage systems.
The two companies will work together exclusively to deliver enterprise SSDs with SAS and FC interfaces, with the first products expected to be available in early 2010. The co-developed devices will be branded, exclusively sold and supported by Hitachi GST. They will use Intel NAND flash memory and SSD technology with Hitachi bringing to the table its expertise in drive firmware, qualification and system integration.
"The new solid-state drives for the enterprise include a number of architectural breakthroughs and improve performance and energy usage models that will change enterprise computing," said Randy Wilhelm, VP and GM of Intel's NAND Solutions Group. "Intel and Hitachi GST share a common objective in delivering SAS/FC products based on solid-state technology that will help enterprise customers meet the skyrocketing demands for performance while reducing space, power and cooling costs."
Of course the cool part in all this is that while enterprise always gets bleeding edge, premium technologies first, pooling the resources of two such monoliths can only help it to evolve, reduce costs and get it into the consumer space faster…
Watch this space!