Intel Paves SSD Roadmap for 2012

Paul Lilly

One thing Intel has never been very good at is keeping its roadmaps under lock and key. Perhaps that's by design, or perhaps not. Either way, yet another roadmap belonging to the Santa Clara chip maker has been leaked to the Web, this latest one detailing the company's plans in the SSD space for the rest of 2011 and on through next year. Here's what you can expect.

Intel listed several SSD models already released or soon to debut in Q4 2011 that will carry the chip maker into the first quarter fo 2012, according to the roadmap VR-Zone obtained . These include the 520 Series (Cherryville), 710 Series (Lyndonville), and 720 Series (Ramsdale). The 720 Series is the only one Intel hasn't yet launched.

As the second quarter of 2012 rolls around, Intel will introduce its Ramsdale MLC in 800GB and 400GB capacities. These will sport a PCI Express interface and use 25nm MLC-HET NAND flash memory.

The second quarter will also see the launch of King Crest, a followup to the 520 Cherryville line. It will also feature 25nm MLC-HET NAND flash memory, but in a 2.5-inch form factor and a SATA 6Gpbs interface. The same applies to Intel's Taylorsville SSD line, which will launch in the fourth quarter. These will ship in 800GB, 400GB, and 200GB capacities.

Also slated for a Q4 release is Intel's Lincoln Crest line. These drives will take aim at mainstream consumers and succeed Intel's 320 Series.

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