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Intel flexes muscle, jumps in Solid State Device market

Intel has announced at the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai, China, that it will be launching solid state hard disks based on NAND flash technology; Intel has also announced that it would form a Joint Venture with STMicrolectronics called Numonyx.

According to a slide seen during a keynote from Intel's Dadi Perlmutter, Intel will launch SSD ranging from 32GB to 160GB in size; the disks will be available in 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch with a SATA interface, whichmeans that it can be dropped in any standard desktop or laptop.

As for Numonyx, the company will concentrate on producing NAND, NOR, RAM and PCM memory solutions using Intel's latest technology, a move that will certainly worry competitors like Hynix or Samsung.

The Joint venture is understood to be working on a high density, Multi Level Cell (MLC) device that uses PCM technology; MLC technology reduces the price of solid state devices but has been plagued by issues like reliability and speed.

Earlier last month, Samsung has already announced that it will launch 256GB solid state drives next year.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.

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