Monday, June 9, 2008

Tiny Flash Drive from Intel

Intel launched its new tiny flash drive Z-P140 as part of the company's push to advance mobile Internet device technology. The Z-P140 SSD (Solid State Disk) is impressive, with a total area smaller than a fingertip (as pictured)

How tiny are they?
The Z-P140 measures 12 x 18 x 1.8 mm and weighs 0.6 grams - 400 times smaller and 75 times lighter than a 1.8″ hard disk drive. 12 mm is about half an inch.

What’s the Range?
The drives are available in 2, 4, 8 and 16 GB capacities. These are mainly aimed at the cellphones, media players, Eee-class notebooks… like.

2 part niche
Part of Intel’s pitch is size. The other is cost. They’ve priced the drives below where disk drives can go due to unavoidable hardware costs like heads and motors.

The pricing for 1,000 units available Q3 2008 for the 4GB is $25 and the 8GB part is $45. The 16GB will be available in Q4 2008. I suspect the later availability of the 16 GB part has more to do with getting prices below disk prices than manufacturing ability.

And the questions in my mind are,
• Will flash EVER replace disk?
-Are these flash drives pretty efficient than Disks, in terms of Power and Performance?
• Electronics giant Samsung has shown off what it claims is the world's most powerful and tiny chip. Toshiba announced its plans to use 30nm technology. Will Intel make a difference in the flash drive race?

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