Intel's tiny new SSD 310 drive to appear in Lenovo ThinkPad laptops

Intel's tiny new SSD 310 drive to appear in Lenovo ThinkPad laptops

Summary: Intel has launched a new solid-state drive that is a mere one eighth the size of a typical 2.5-inch version, which could find its way into new tablet devices and laptops.

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Intel has launched a new solid-state drive that is a mere one eighth the size of a typical 2.5-inch version, which could find its way into new tablet devices and laptops. Lenovo has already confirmed that it plans to include the new drive across its ThinkPad laptop lineup.

The Intel SSD 310 is a mere 5mm thick and comes in 40GB and 80GB capacities. As impressive as the drive's micro-size is, its performance is equally compelling: Intel claims that the SSD 310 provides the same performance as drives in the company's X25 lineup of desktop SSDs. (Though Intel doesn't say if the performance is equivalent to the value, mainstream, or extreme series of X25 drives.)

In addition to serving as a tablet PC's sole storage source, the SSD 310 is expected to be paired in laptops with a larger hard drive to help speed up boot times. With the drive's introduction, Intel will compete with Toshiba, which supplies the SSD drives in Apple's latest MacBook Air laptops, in this emerging market.

Topics: Intel, Hardware, Laptops, Lenovo, Mobility

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  • This new SSD tech looks impressive.

    Intel's SSD tech and your article's Apple MBA storage references has prompted me to speculate on the new iPad 2 storage options.

    How's this for a New Year's Day rumor. The new iPad 2 will gain the same SSD storage tech options as the 11" MBA currently has. That is, the iPad 2 will have an optional 128 GB of flash memory installed in it.
    kenosha77a
    • But will...

      @kenosha7777

      iOS and an ARM based CPU benefit as much as OSX or Windows? Surely the amount written/read to/from storage would be much lower for iOS/ARM?
      Economister
      • RE: Intel's tiny new SSD 310 drive to appear in Lenovo ThinkPad laptops

        @Economister
        I agree with you. Flash benefits full featured OSs much more that an ARM based computer. Although the "instant on feature" for ARM based computers is a very nice feature not to be overlooked.

        BTW, over this weekend, I had a chance to fully play with and help install some software on a new MacBook Air 11" "top of the line" model recently purchased by a long time friend. This was my first extended experience with a flash based laptop and it was an exhilarating experience. The overall system speed and snappiness of this computer belies its anticipated performance of its 1.6 Ghz CPU. This little computer is GREAT and shows what a machine based around flash based system memory can do.

        I installed a fully updated Win XP virtual machine that ran the Corel Office X5 suite and I installed MS Office 2011 for the Mac running under OSX. Both software suites were a joy to work with on this MBA computer. And I was able to print from within the virtual XP machine to a networked wireless capable printer over my friend's WiFi system.

        Just to show off a little for my friend, I brought along my iPad and installed an app called AirPlay. This app allows the iPad screen to become a second monitor display for the MBA computer operated wirelessly via a WiFi connections. (WiFi prevents a smooth video capability on the iPad screen but for semi-static app displays, the extra screen real estate provided by the iPad was a nice bonus for the 11" MBA system.) Also, the iPad retained its muti-touch capability from within the virtual XP machine. Wow.

        Oh, by the way, this was also my first chance to play with Micorsoft's "Remote Desktop Connection" software (included in MS Office 2011 for the Mac). My Dentist friend was able to log on to his Dental Office's network server without a hitch and review his files on his office Windows based network computers. Very slick and very fast.)

        This setup combo (an iPad 3G and a 11" MBA 4 GB ram, 128 GB flash storage computer) had me thinking. What a great "road warrior" option. Both are very small, lightweight capable machines that together might still weigh less than a conventional Wintel "Best Buy" laptop. With the dual screen capability noted above, and the fact that the iPad could be used for 80 percent of the time, I was looking at my 2 year old MacBook and thinking "eBay".
        kenosha77a
  • RE: Intel's tiny new SSD 310 drive to appear in Lenovo ThinkPad laptops

    Glad the SSD's are gaining a bit at a time.
    Maybe next year I will go for it.
    MoeFugger
  • use 2 in RAID 0/1 configuration

    I hope someone will come up with a 2.5" enclosure
    that could house 2 (or more) of these in a RAID 0
    configuraiton. This would both boost the total
    storage space and give a hefty speed boost.

    Alternatively, the drives could be set up in a
    RAID 1 configuration for even greater redundancy.
    rosanlo