Intel has added new models to its SSD DC S3500 Series of data centre solid state drives, offering higher capacities and making some available in the tiny M.2 embedded form factor.
The Intel SSD DC S3500 Series is designed to deliver fast, consistent read performance coupled with low read latency, typically 50 microseconds, with 500 microseconds the maximum for 99.9 percent of the time, to provide superior quality of service, according to the firm.
Until now, the drives were available in standard 2.5in and 1.8in drive formats, but Intel has now added the compact M.2 form factor in capacities of 80GB, 120GB and 340GB.
This form factor, which is "roughly the size of a stick of gum", according to Intel, targets server boot, micro server storage and embedded devices such as ATMs, digital signs and point-of-sale systems, the firm said.
At the same time, Intel has added higher capacity models to the 2.5in form factor line-up. These 1.2TB and 1.6TB versions double the available storage capacity within the same footprint, optimising critical data centre real estate, Intel said.
Key features of the Intel SSD DC S3500 Series comprise an Intel third-generation controller, with the storage delivered using 20nm multi-level cell Nand flash technology, plus full end-to-end data protection, enhanced power-loss data protection, and a broad range of available capacities.
The SSD DC S3500 Series also has low active read power at less than 1.3 watts, making these drives suitable for data centre applications where power efficiency with reduced energy costs are also desired.
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