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Intel Bows SSD For Value Systems

Taipei, Taiwan — Intel introduced its Z-P230 PATA solid-state drive (SSD) this week at the Computex show, being held here.

The SSD is being positioned as a storage solution for value mobile and desktop solutions. According to Intel, it is four times smaller and lighter than a standard 1.8-inch hard disk drive with the same industry-standard PATA connector.

The drive has no moving parts and is said to require less power (it typically draws 1.65mW when idle and 314 mW while operating) so as to extend battery life.

According to a spokesperson, pricing for 1,000 units for the 4GB and 8GB part is $25 and $45, respectively, with both available in the third quarter. A 16GB version will be available in the fourth quarter, though pricing for that unit was unavailable as this was posted.