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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Intel introduces tiny hard drive

Intel wants to be the first name to come to mind when dealing with solid state drives. At a press briefing they introduced the Intel Z-P140 PATA SSD, which it claims is the tiniest SSD in the industry.

According to Intel, the Z-P140 PATA SSD is actually targeted for use in hand held mobile devices (think smart phones, GPS devices, and Ultra Mobile PCs). The drive, which measures 12 by 8 by 1.8 mm (HWD) and weighs 0.6 grams, is about the size of a penny.

It will initially be available in 2GB and 4GB capacities (expandable to 16GB by adding up to three additional SSDs). Intel says the drive will have a read throughput of 40MBps and a write throughput of 30MBps.

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