Expecting solid state drives (SSDs) to become the mainstream notebook storage format, Intel is planning to launch SSD products by the end of the third quarter this year which it will bundle as part of its upcoming Centrino 2 platform (Montevina), according to sources at PC makers.
Intel has named the product line Intel High Performance SSD and will mainly targeting enterprise, mid-range and high-end notebook markets.
Initial shipments of Intel High Performance SSDs will come in two versions - Client X25-M and Client X18-M - the former having a physical size of 2.5-inch and later 1.8-inch. Both will feature 80GB capacity and a SATA interface. Intel plans to increase storage capacities up to 160GB by the end of the fourth quarter, and to 250GB and above in 2009, the sources added.