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.