Intel officially announced today that it’s going to enter the hard drive market with its own line of solid state offerings. The company claims the drives will be used in a variety of Intel-based computing platforms, such as servers, notebooks and low-cost PCs. I am sure Tablets will see this technology soon enough as well.
The Z-U130 will come in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB varieties and will have read times of 28MB per second and write speeds of 20MB per second. All of this will be connected using a standard USB 2.0/1.1 interface.
Intel says the drive is also expected to meet an average mean time between failure (MTBF) of five million hours. If the drives meet this expectation, they will be a lot more reliable than their predecessors considering the average MTBF of a hard drive today is between 300,000 to 1,200,000 hours.
No word at this time on pricing, but according to Intel, the 1GB and 2GB drives are already in production and the 4GB model is set to follow in April. If you want the 8GB you are going to have to wait till the end of the year because it’s not expected to hit the market until December.