updated 12:00 pm EST, Mon February 1, 2010
Intel to more than double SSD sizes
Intel and its memory partner Micron this weekend said they have started producing samples of the first 25 nanometer NAND flash storage. Even denser than the 34nm drives shipped just last year, the technology depends on liquid-based immersion lithography to etch memory at much denser levels than before. An 8GB flash chip built on 25nm actually occupies slightly less space than a 34nm 4GB part.
Accordingly, the progress should also translate to roughly twice as much capacity for Intel's mainstream X25-M drives. The semiconductor giant hopes to ship 160GB, 320GB and 600GB drives in the fall and should start mass production in the spring to reach its target. These drives should also be fast at a peak 200MB per second transfer rate. [via AnandTech]