Intel outs new long-lasting solid state drive
MANILA, Philippines - Intel announced Monday, November 5, a new high-endurance solid state drive (SSD).
The company’s new SSD series, called the DC S3700 Series, will begin volume production in Q1 2013.
Ranging from 100 to 800GB in size, the DC S3700 comes equipped with High-Endurance Technology (HET) that enables it to last longer.
Intel’s press page explains that the HET “enables the Intel SSD DC S37000 Series to achieve 10 full drive writes per day over the 5-year life of the drive.”
On the 800 GB SSD, this would allow for the recording of 186 hours of HD video over the drive’s life cycle.
The endurance of an SSD is important due to flash memory’s limitations in the program/erase cycles of an SSD.
As Dong Ngo of CNET explains, “each of the memory cells can be written on only so many times before it becomes unreliable.”
The DC S3700 Series will be available in 100GB, 200GB, 400GB and 800GB capacities for the 2.5-inch design, priced at US$235, US$470, US$940 and US$1,880 respectively.
1.8-inch designs with 200GB and 400GB capacities will also be available for US$495 and US$695 respectively. - Rappler.com