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Intel's SSD 520 Cherryville series comes soon
by Slobodan Simic on05 December 2011
Intel goes for Sandforce?
According to a post over at TheSSDReview site, it appears that Intel's SSD 520 Cherryville series is coming pretty soon and might be based on Sandforce controller.
As you already know, Intel's 510 series hasn't made much of an impact on the market and mainly suffered due to really tough competition from Sandforce based solid state drives. According to the report, Intel's 520 series will be available in wide range of capacities starting at 60GB and ending at 480GB. As far as the specs go, the new 520 series will feature SATA 6.0Gbps interface and have read speeds of up to 550MB/s and write speeds of up to 520MB/s with up 40K IOPs (max 85K IOPS) for read and up to 70K IOPs for write.
The transfer speeds and specs are the first clue that Intel might be finally switching to Sandforce controller. Of course, Intel might include its own firmware, something that Intel has been quite famous for. The new SSD 520 series should be backed by five years of warranty.
Unfortunately, the slides over at TheSSDReview site don't include any details regarding pricing but since the target availability has been set for November 2011, we are quite sure that we'll see them pretty soon.
You can check out more details here.