Intel recently announced their Solid-State Drive 525 pack, which features similar performance as the 2.5-inch SSD. It comes in 30 GB, 60 GB, 90 GB, 120 GB, 180 GB, and 240 GB. The said chip set also uses that same 25 nanometer memory architecture as the company’s larger solid-state options.
The SSD 525 series also uses mini-SATA connectors, enabling it to be plugged into smaller PCle slots common to notebooks. What’s cool about this chip set is that it can still provide a full SATA 6 GB per second data rate.
According to Intel, the SSD 525 offers 50,000 I/O operations per second of random read speed and 500 MB per second of sequential read. It will also provide 80,000 IOPS random write and 520 MB per second sequential write—the same number as the larger SSD 520 series.
It was reported that the 120 GB and 180 GB models are already being shipped, while the rest of the models will be available within the first quarter of the year.
Leveraging Profile in the Mobile Market
Despite the chip maker’s dominance in the desktop and laptop market, it has not seen its processors widely used in smartphones and tablets. With the release of Intel’s SSD 525 pack, it is believed that the new chip sets will help the company raise its profile in the mobile marketplace.
In addition, Intel could benefit from an improved reputation among mobile OEMs. They also hope that the SSD 525 pack will appeal to embedded device makers, which creates applications such as digital signage and in-flight entertainment.
Intel: Taking the mSATA Space Seriously
Independent testing conducted by review site AnandTech revealed that the SSD 525 line was “almost equal” to the best of the full-size SSDs currently available on the market. As stated by Anand Lal Shimpi:
There aren’t really any new conclusions to be made here now that we’ve gone through almost all of the capacities of Intel’s SSD 525. While I’d still like to see Intel bring its own 6 Gbps controller technology down to the client space, the SF-2281 based Intel SSD 525 should be a good solution for any mSATA client machine facing a typical workload. I do appreciate Intel taking mSATA space seriously, as it hasn’t seen a ton of attention from tier 1 vendors or companies with good validation track records.