Unlike Samsung's new SSD, Intel is aiming its new P3608 SSD squarely at high performance computing environments, where it said it can "eliminate bottlenecks that limit HPC workflows" and accelerate databases.
The P3608 comes in a half-height, half-length expansion card. The SSD is built with Intel's 20-nanometer process and multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory.
As did Samsung's, Intel's new SSD uses NVMe and the PCIe 3.0 interconnect specification, but it has eight I/O lanes compared to Samsung's four.
Intel also announced that the SSD 535 Series is now available in a 56GB model for niche market segments requiring low-density storage, such as ATMs, kiosks and point of sale, mini PCs and terminals, digital signage, and Internet of Things applications.
The SSD 535 comes in an M.2 or 2.5-in. form factor and uses the SATA 3.0 interface. The drive offers up to 540MBps sequential read and 490MBps write speeds and up to 48,000 random read and 80,000 write IOPS.
Intel did not offer pricing for either of its new SSDs.
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