Intel's 310 Series SSDs Are An Eighth The Size Of Their Predecessors

SSDs are great, and they're getting smaller all the time. A lot smaller. Intel's teeny new 310 Series SSDs deliver the same performance as their predecessor, the x25, but they're just an eighth the size.

The new drives, intended for notebooks, tablets, and rugged industrial and military devices, are 51mm-by-30mm and a mere 5mm thick. Lenovo's signed them up for their next-generation ThinkPads, and Intel's already shipping them in 40GB capacity ($99) and 80GB ($179) in 1000-unit quantities. They say it's the first salvo in a wave of new solid state drives they'll be firing off next year, to which I say bring it on. The smaller and the faster the better. [Intel]

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