Intel is following other SSD manufacturers to cancel production of several 50nm and 34nm fabrics. Intel will keep using 34nm SLC Flash memory only due to release of 311 series SSD (Larson Creek ) and upcoming launch of Intel 720 (Ramsdale) family set at Q3.
On the other hand, majority of mass-produced SSDs based on MLC Flash memory should shift to more advanced 25nm process technology by the end of this year. Such plans are confirmed by Intel’s recently presented documents, informing about X25-E (50nm, SLC) as well as X25-M and X25-V (34nm, MLC) forthcoming taking out of production.
In return, Intel’s customers will be offered new products of 710 (Lyndonville) line-up based on 25nm MLC Flash memory. The line-up includes models with capacity ranging from 100 to 300 GB. Orders for 32GB and 64GB versions of X25-E solid state drives are available till 11th of June while discontinuance shipment date is set to 3rd of October 2011.
The company does not hurry with exchange of X25-M and X25-V (40GB to 160GB models ) to more enhanced Intel 320 series SSD. The first are available to order till 15th of August and last shipped batch will be delivered on 15th of November 2011. Note that, Intel 320 series SSDs have manufacturer’s 5 year warranty.