Intel brings forward 510 Series

The dark satanic rumour mill has manufactured another hell on earth rumour which claims that Chipzilla may launch its 510 “Emcrest” Series of SSDs next month.

Until now we had been expecting Intel to release G3 SATA 3.0 Gbps SSDs. These were interesting because they had a 6 Gbps interface that should compliment

Intel’s just-released 6 Series chipsets. The 6 Series has support for up to two SATA 6.0 Gbps ports and the existance of the G3 made sense.

Tech Connect seems to think that the 510 drives will tip up in a 2.5-inch form factor.

They will provide read speeds up to 450 MB/s, write speeds up to 300 MB/s, and reportedly be capable of 20,000 IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) for 4 KB reads and 4,000 IOPS for 4 KB writes.

The SSDs will also feature multi-level cell (MLC) NAND memory chips manufactured on 34-nm process technology. The drives will arrive in at least two capacities: 120 GB ($279) and 250 GB ($579).

But what of the G3 which was supposed to show up in February? While these only manage read speeds up to 250 MB/s, write speeds up to 170 MB/s, they also used NAND memory chips manufactured on 25nm process technology. The rumours claimed that they could handle 50,000 IOPS for 4 KB reads and 4,000 IOPS for 4 KB writes. They were supposed to come in 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch form factors, and capacities of 80 GB, 160 GB, 300 GB and 600 GB. All up much better machines and played nicely with 6 Series chipsets.

We would have thought that Intel would have wanted these out a lot more than anything else.