A leaked slide purporting to show Intel's upcoming Flash chip roadmap is causing excitement in cyberspace, indicating that solid state drives (SSDs) with capacities of up to 600GB are just around the corner.
If genuine, the slide reveals that Intel's mainstream X25-M SSD line (pictured) will be refreshed in Q4 of this year to include a 600GB model, along with a 300GB and 160GB model, based on a new 25nm fabrication technology.
Meanwhile, the X25-V 'value' line will step up from 40GB to 80GB in the same time frame.
Next year, according to the slide, the X18-M line, designed to replace 1.8in hard disks, will move up to 300GB and 160GB capacities. A new small form factor, described on the slide as a PCI Express full Sata SSD, will also debut in 80GB and 40GB capacities.
Finally, Intel's X25-E enterprise-grade Flash drives are set to move to a 25nm multi-level cell (MLC) architecture next year, which will allow the chipmaker to ship these in capacities of 400GB, 200GB and 100GB, a significant jump from the 64GB and 32GB currently available.
When contacted by V3.co.uk, Intel declined to confirm or deny whether the roadmap slide was actually taken from a genuine Intel presentation.
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