According to an Intel road-map slideshow shown by VR-Zone, successor to the renowned high performance SATA 6GB/s Intel SSD 510 solid state drives is already around the corner. Next series of high-end SSDs are code-named as “Cherryville”. They will be released to public under SSD 520 series.
These 2.5″ drives will be based on 25nm MLC NAND and they will utilize SATA 6GB/s interface like their predecessors. Intel also aims to extend the line-up of high end SSDs in terms of capacities. Intel SSD 520 series will be available in capacities of 60 GB, 120 GB, 160 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB.
According to the technology giant, Intel, these will have sequential reads speeds of 530 MB/s and 490 MB/s of writes. Read and random throughput will be 40,000 IOPS and 45,000 IOPS respectively. MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure) is expected to be 1.2 million hours with an optimal operation temperature ranging from 0 to 70 oC and 2.7 G (rms) vibration tolerance.
Intel is expected to begin production of SSD 520 series solid state drives in Q4 2011.