It wouldn't make sense for SandForce to develop a product so restricted in capacity unless it had a very specific purpose in mind....maybe even a specific buyer. Back in March a website wrote an editorial that linked Intel's 522 Series to the SandForce SF-2200 controller. In the article everything was based on speculation, but I suspect a little birdie whispered some information. I don't believe in fairy tales or talking birds, but do listen to those in the know; dancers mainly.
Intel and SandForce are teaming up for some kind of project. This is something that we know from reliable sources (plural), but as far as details go we are just as much in the dark as you are after reading this article. Intel may join the Team SandForce group with a 2.5" SF-2200 product; your guess is as good as mine. An Intel SF-2200 2.5" part certainly would bring an interesting twist to this SSD season. We already know Kingston has been signed to Team SandForce for the 2011 season, but just like Intel, we don't know what products they are preparing.
When it comes to Z68 and SSD Caching we'll all have to just wait and see how things turn out. I think we made a clear case for the SF-2141 being developed for the new Z68 feature set, but like we said at the beginning, this is 2 parts fact and 2 parts speculation. I wouldn't eat a cake with only half the recipe verified, but I might take a nibble to see how it tastes.
My game of connect the dots today is really just a way to clear these thoughts that have been swirling around for the last few days. The SandForce SF-2141 has been in the back of my mind ever since the client launch and things started coming together when I read the VR-Zone article. If I didn't write this editorial I wouldn't be able to get all of this out of my head and thus not be able to write about the six SATA 6G next gen SSDs sitting in front of me. Stick around for the most comprehensive SSD coverage in the business.