Intel SSD 545s Launched, First to Market With 64-Layer 3D NAND


21 Jun 2013
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Intel has just launched its SSD 545s, which is the first shipping product to use 64-layer 3D NAND flash storage. Intel says that this allows it to offer high-end performance at entry-level prices. The company is targeting builders and upgraders who have a budget or are replacing a spinning hard drive, and touts lower battery drain, 256-bit encryption, and cost effectiveness.

The 64-layer TLC NAND used in the SSD 545s is manufactured by Intel itself, not sourced from a third-party manufacturer as is the case with some of its previous models. It is unrelated to Intel's Optane storage and memory product lines which are based on a different memory architecture called 3D Xpoint, developed jointly with Micron. The 64-layer 3D TLC flash chips use Intel's second-generation floating-gate architecture on. The company claims that it has achieved a new world record for areal density, which allows it to get higher capacities from each silicone wafer, leading to lower costs.

Intel Promises Higher Performance and Lower Prices With New SSD 545s
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