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Intel's Ultra Small SSD 310 Series Unveiled

David Gilbert


Intel's Ultra Small SSD 310 Series Unveiled

The power of an Intel X-25-class SSD with reduced boot time, increased system benchmark performance, longer battery life and in an eighth of the size? Sound too good to be true? Well if we believe Intel, it’s Solid State Drive 310 Series delivers on all these promises.

Based on 34nm Intel NAND Flash Memory, the Intel Solid-State Drive 310 Series offers similar performance to a 2.5in Intel Solid-State Drive, but in an eighth of the size. The new SSD measures 51mm x 30mm and is only 5mm thick. The uses for this tiny, fast and flexible SSD seem widespread.

According to Intel, the new SSD can enable responsive dual-drive notebooks, single-drive tablets and low-power, rugged embedded industrial or military applications. Also, when paired with a high-capacity hard disk drive (HDD) in a dual-drive system, the Intel SSD 310 can improve overall PC system performance by up to 60 percent - again according to Intel.

The Intel SSD 310 Series is available in an m-SATA form factor in 40GB and 80GB capacities. It supports SATA signals over a PCI Express (PCIe) mini-connector for on-board, compact storage in single-drive netbooks, tablets or handheld devices. If you are in the position to order 1,000 or more of these SSDs, they will set you back $99 for the smaller version and $179 for the larger drive.

We have seen the movement towards tiny SSDs in recent months including the tiny SanDisk postage stamp-sized one released in August. This movement could see the elimination of HDDs in netbooks which we for one could not be sorry to see the end of.

Source: Intel


December 30, 2010, 10:59 pm

SD and micro-SD cards are USB external mini SSDs.

No news here.


December 30, 2010, 11:16 pm

@Enigma: Huh? Aside from the fact that SD and microSD cards are much slower than SSDs, they're also completely different markets.


December 31, 2010, 2:55 am

Well, okay they got a bit of extra hardware and/or software to juice up the data transfer rates hence all the different classes of SDHC's or the "133X"/"150X" tag for the enhanced SDs.

I bet the first-gen HDDs were slower than the first-gen SD cards. Likewise for Optical discs and so on.

Likewise, if the 1TB capacity SDXC standard is to be achieved then data transfer rates will need obviously have to be high.

Let me make it clear the "No news here." comment was more directed at the 'innovators' of these mini SSDs and not at the story.


December 31, 2010, 7:09 am

love my 80gig intel X25-M. Paid a lot for it but 7 seconds boot time and other benefits help.

8tb of normal storage for non OS.


December 31, 2010, 8:29 am

@Enigma: these new SSD's probably have more in common with a 1.8'' HDD than an SD card. The SD card market is TOTALLY different to what is being offered here. On the subject itself any new SSD innovation is more than welcome. Would love an intel 600GB SSD for £300 but probably won't happen anytime soon!


December 31, 2010, 12:35 pm

Disappointed that the mini-SATA was announced back in Sept 2009 and we won't see them in laptops until 2011. That's a 16 month wait at the minimum. Hopefully we'll see some ultra super thin and light notebook designs at CES, like that intel Canoe Lake design announced 6 months ago. If you haven't seen Canoe Lake before check out the video below, it's truly amazing.

mSATA announced: http://www.trustedreviews.c...

Intel's ultra Thin and light Canoe Lake: http://www.trustedreviews.c...

Canoe Lake vid: http://www.youtube.com/watc...


December 31, 2010, 8:11 pm

anyone would recommend a budge 2.5" ssd? over 50GB preferable. Thanks!


December 31, 2010, 10:43 pm

@Andy technology can blur or completely change the markets as we have seen time and time again.

Innovation is indeed welcome but being 'conned' is NOT.

Your wish for 600GB for £300 is possible now but for the machinations of the industry.

After all if 2GB SDXC cards with 100-300MBperSec data transfer card are possible why not 600GB SSD?

Just look at the prices ranges of 64GB SDHC cards and you will see the machinations of the industry. Indeed we all know that despite the superior exchange rate of the £UK the UK customer ends up paying the same as the US consumer but in £UK.

How is it that DVD players despite being far more sophisticated than the first gen DVD players they are dirt cheap!

I just saw a Sony 32" LCD 1080p tv for £299 5-years ago Sony 32", not even HD-ready, would have cost you above £1500?


January 1, 2011, 3:28 am

@Enigma: I'm not going to address all the tangent you and I have gone off on (600gb ssd) but what I think you need to remember is that just because a standard has been reached on 2TB 300MBps SDXD cards are theoretically possible the fact is that this technology in product form will not be realised for at least a couple of years. The difference here is that whilst what you say is technically true and that an sd card through usb can be used to mount an os for a computer the performance issues make this impractical at the moment. This means that to call an sd card an external ssd and to make a direct comparison is really pushing it. What this product aims to do is provide massive performance in an sd card sized package for internal os use rather than as an external mass storage device. No it's not new technology by a long way but the performance gains by such a product for the laptops means the future of laptops looks very bright indeed.

Now all we need is something similar to Nvidea optimus for this tech.

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