Increasingly, solid-state drives (SSDs) appear to be the future of data storage in the computer industry. Currently, SSDs make innovative new products like Apple’s iPad and other tablet computers possible. Small in physical size, fast and reliable, they allow the performance improvements manufacturers depend on in bringing tablets to market.
SSDs are also increasingly available in traditional computing platforms. Apple offers SSDs as the storage technology in the popular MacBook Air and and MacBook Pro laptop computers, with the latter available with SSD drives up to 512 GB in size. Of course, that size comes with a price. The inclusion of a 512 GB SSD in a MacBook Pro adds a whopping $1,200 to the base price.
Development of the technology, however, continues. Now, Intel Corp. has announced the availability of its next generation SSD drives.
On March 28, Intel announced its third-generation SSD, the 320 Series available in configurations up to 600 GB in storage capacity. The new design also features the company’s 25 nanometer (nm) technology which the company claims will lead to performance and reliability improvements.