Intel has released a series of sold state drives (SSD) which the company claims are its fastest yet.
The company said that the 520 Series drives would deliver improved reliability and security features along with higher speeds.
Based on 25nm NAND storage chips, the 520 drives will utilise a SATA III interface to reach read speeds of up to 550 MB/s and write speeds of 520MB/s. The drives will use the LSI SandForce Flash storage processor to speed up performance.
Additionally, the company is enhancing security protections for the drives by enabling 256-bit AES encryption and a stronger password protection system.
The company said the devices would appeal to enthusiast and gaming customers as well as SMB users looking for high-performance.
"We tapped Intel engineering to create a client SSD that delivers performance on all fronts with obsessively high reliability," said Rob Crooke, vice president and general manager of Intel's non-volatile memory solutions group.
"The Intel SSD 520 once again raises the industry bar on SSD performance, quality and reliability to dramatically improve user experience."
Intel said that the drives will be made available to OEMs at costs ranging from $149 for a 60GB model to a $999 480GB drive.
Intel's release comes on the heels of a major SSD announcement from EMC. The storage firm unveiled its VF Flash system, a PCIe card which brings high-performance SSD drives into the server space.
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