Intel has a new range of solid-state drives that are one-eighth the size of its mainstream 2.5-inch X25 range.
The new Intel solid-state drive (SSD) 310 Series is designed for a variety of form factors, including dual-drive notebooks, single-drive tablets and low-power embedded applications, the company announced alongside the release of the drives on Wednesday.
Lenovo appears to be keen on the drives. "The Intel SSD 310 series will allow us to provide the advantages of a full performance Intel SSD paired with the storage of a hard disk drive in a small, dual-drive system," Lenovo's director of ThinkPad product marketing, Tom Butler, said in a statement.
The Intel 310 series combines a small size with similar performance to the X25 series.Photo credit: Intel
The drives use 34nm Intel Nand flash memory. Each drive measures 51mm-by-30mm with a thickness of 5mm. They weigh 10g. They support Sata signals over a PCI Express (PCIe) connector.
The drives are currently shipping to customers. Pricing for a 40GB drive is $99 (£64) while a 80GB drive is $179. Both prices only apply when the drives are bought in 1,000 unit quantities.