Intel SSD roadmap leaked, new drives for 2011/2012 teased, expect 800GB SSDs by end of 2012

Intel's SSD roadmap for 2011/2012 leaked, lots of details.

Published Wed, Oct 12 2011 8:20 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:30 PM CST

Intel's roadmap for 2011/2012 has been leaked and it is clear that Intel wants to give their SSD portfolio the same non-stop product cycle that their processor lineup enjoys, where we receive generation leaps every year or so. Intel will start 2012 with products that have been introduced just recently such as the SSD 520 "Cherryville", SSD 710 "Lyndonville", SSD 720 "Ramsdale", and "Hawley Creek" mSATA SSDs.

Intel SSD roadmap leaked, new drives for 2011/2012 teased, expect 800GB SSDs by end of 2012 |

Most of these will launch in Q4 2011 where Intel will allow these products to lead the portfolio for the remainder of the year and until the end of Q1 2012. In Q2 2012, Intel plans to launch "Ramsdale MLC" which is a variant of "Ramsdale" Intel SSD 720 series PCI Express SSDs, which sport 25nm MLC-HET NAND flash memory instead of SLC NAND flash found on the normal "Ramsdale". MLC-HET gives Intel the ability to double capacities, whilst offering the same kind of endurance to SLC, and much higher price per gigabyte.

It does come at a cost though, slower throughput. This is where Ramsdale MLC is not really a replacement, but just an extension of the 700 Series PCI Express family. At this time, Intel will launch "King Crest", which is a successor to the SSD 520 "Cherryville" family. This is definitely an increase in tech, which uses 25nm MLC-HET NAND flash instead of regular 25nm NAND flash that is found on the SSD 520. Capability wise, there shouldn't be any surprises, but endurance, sequential data-rates and throughput should be increased. Also like the SSD 520, "King Crest" will be a 2.5-inch form-factor with a SATA 6 Gbps interface.

Q3 2012 is when the real fun begins, where we'll see "Taylorsville". This is the successor to SSD 710 "Lyndonville", where we'll see big increases in capacities. It too will sport MLC-HET NAND flash, and the 2.5-inch form-factor, as well as the standard SATA 6 Gbps interface. We should expect 200, 400 and 800GB capacities.

Finally, we have "Lincoln Crest", which is the successor to the SSD 320 series. These drives are set to mark the transition of Intel's mainstream-thru-value SSDs to the SATA 6 Gbps interface. It will use the MLC-HET NAND flash, which will make it more durable when compared to the SSD 320 series. Fun times ahead, storage and SSD fans!


Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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