Intel will launch a new series of SSD drives specifically aimed on enterprise market. The SSD 710 series, codenamed “Lyndonville”, solid state drives will hit retail by mid-September. These new potential successors to Intel X25-E series will come in the 2.5-inch form-factor utilizing 3 Gb/s SATA interface. It offer better price per gigabyte and endurance over its predecessor. Intel is using 25 nm fabrication process with High Endurance Technology Multi-Level Cell (HET-MLC) NAND flash memory chips instead of 50 nm SLC NAND flash to achieve lower price per gigabyte.
Intel will offer 710 series SSDs in following capacities – 100GB, 200GB and 300GB. The SSD 710 drives provide up to 1,500 TB 4 KB random write endurance, and up to 2,400 IOPS 4 KB random write performance. The endurance rating and sequential transfer speeds vary between 3 models. Endurance and performance are also affected by overprovisioning. The drives can be set provide its maximum advertised unformatted capacity, or 20% of it can be overprovisioned.
All models offer 270 MB/s of sequential read speed. Taking about sequential write speeds, 100GB model gives 170 MB/s of sequential write speed while 200 GB and 300 GB models have 210 MB/s sequential write speeds.