updated 05:05 pm EST, Thu March 5, 2009
OCZ outs netbook, 1TB SSD
Memory maker OCZ has jumped into the netbook business with its Neutrino portable PC, which it demonstrated at the CeBIT show in Germany on Wednesday. The Neutrino sports a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU sitting on Intel's 945GSE mainboard and sports a 10-inch LED-backlit screen with 1024x600 resolution. Up to 2GB of RAM will be supported; 2.5-inch hard drives with up to 250GB are optional, including OCZ's own 250GB SSD drive. More interestingly, the netbook will be part of OCZ's DIY program, meaning owners can upgrade its memory or hard drive without voiding the warranty.
As seen in the photo, Ubuntu Linux will be an available operating system next to Microsoft's Windows XP. No pricing for the Neutrino was announced, but it is expected to hit store shelves in the next few months.
At the same time, the company showed off a 1TB SSD it calls the Z drive. The MLC-based flash memory storage device is rated at a 600MBps read speed along with a 500MBps write speed. The card attaches via a PCIe interface, while the speed is achieved thanks to a hardware-based RAID controller with 256MB of local cache.
OCZ is working on redesigning the drive to optimize its cooling system, and has not yet announced when it will be released or what it will cost. [via Fudzilla]
OCZ Neutrino netbook
OCZ Z drive SSD