Intel announced its third generation solid state drives, the SSD 320 series based on 25nm NAND flash memory. Built on X25-M SATA SSD and based on 25nm NAND, the SSD 320 Series delivers more performance and uniquely architected reliability features while costing 30% less compare to current generation.
Intel’s new SSD comes in 40GB, 80GB, 120GB, 160GB, 300GB and 600GB capacities. It uses SATA II interface and offers up to 270MB/s sequential read and 220MB/s sequential write speeds with up to 39,500 input/output operations per second (IOPS) random reads and 23,000 IOPS random writes on its highest-capacity drives. The SSD 320 series includes 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard capabilities to protect personal data in event of theft or loss.
Intel SSD 320 prices, based on 1,000-unit quantities, are as follows: 40GB at $89; 80GB at $159; 120GB at $209; 160GB at $289; 300GB at $529 and 600GB at $1,069.