Intel Preps 160GB Rocket SSDs

Claims a mainstream breakthrough is close.

Following Samsung’s ambitious SSD plans announced last month, Intel has revealed it expects to crash the party.

Despite only coming up with the ultra-small, but rather slow Z-P140 line (below) late last year, the chip giant claims it is now in a strong position to challenge for SSD dominance.

Speaking with CNet, Troy Winslow, marketing manager for Intel’s NAND Products Group, boasted “When Intel launches its…products, you’ll see that not all SSDs are created equal. The way the SSDs are architected, the way the controller and firmware operates makes a huge difference.”

Winslow said Intel plans to soon launch 1.8in and 2.5in SSDs in capacities ranging from 80GB to 160GB. All will use an SATA II interface and Winslow claims their performance “is much better than” the current industry best: 100MBps touted by Samsung.

Winslow was also hugely optimistic about the proliferation of SSDs into the mainstream market during 2008. “For the first time, flash is going into the compute environment… flash memory, in the form of SSDs, will be used as the main storage device in PCs. When you’re putting all your critical applications and data into notebook or server (SSDs), who knows those markets better than the manufacturer that’s supplying the world with CPUs.”

The final sweetener: Winslow predicts price reductions of 40 per cent this year and 50 per cent in both 2009 and 2010, even greater than the 35-45 per cent anticipated by Samsung.

So we’ve heard the talk Intel, time for you to lace up your walking boots…

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