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Intel Announces New-Generation SSD 530 Series In 2.5″, mSATA, And The New M.2 Form Factors

Intel is announcing its newest generation of solid-state drives (SSDs), the Intel SSD 530 series.  Utilizing multiple small form factors, higher performance and low idle power, Intel is referring to the 530 series as the next evolution of Intel SSDs.

Intel 530 mSATA and M.2

Image credit:  pcper.com

With the introduction of the latest M.2 form factor, Intel shrinks the total storage area dramatically versus traditional 2.5″ form factor SSDs.  Use of larger storage capacities in thin and light computing devices is enabled via the new smaller-footprint M.2 form factor.  The 530 series will also be available in the current mSATA and 2.5″ standard form factors, all utilizing a SATA 6 Gb/s interface.  This allows Intel to offer the 530 series up for use in a broad range of applications in a wide variety of devices.

Intel SSD 530 M2 diagram image

Featuring Intel’s latest 20nm multi-level cell (MLC) NAND Flash memory, the 530 series is able to continue Intel’s rock-solid reputation for reliability with SSDs.  With the 530 series, we can now see a significant performance boost.  With sequential reads/writes of 540 MB/s and 490 MB/s respectively, and random read/write IOPS of 41K/80K, the Intel SSD 530 series is capable of blazing right through demanding applications and intense multi-tasking.

Intel 530 series 2.5

Utilizing SATA Link Power Management (LPM), where the SATA AHCI controller puts the SATA link to the SSD into a very low power mode when there is no I/O activity, idle power consumption in the 530 series is reduced by over 90% as compared to a typical HDD.  This results in significantly longer battery life in portable computing devices.

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The M.2 form factor version of the 530 series will be available in capacities of 80GB, 120GB, 180Gb and 360GB.  The mSATA version drops the 360GB capacity in favor 0f 240GB.  The 2.5″ form factor versions include capacities of 80Gb, 120GB, 180Gb, 240Gb, 360GB and 480GB.  All versions are rated by Intel at 1.2 million hours Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF).

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Availability and pricing have yet to be announced.  The product information sheet(s) for the new Intel SSD 530 series can be viewed here.

About Scot Strong

Scot Strong is an automotive parts professional with 30 years experience in proprietary dealership computer systems, He is also a technology freak the rest of the time. He has been repairing, upgrading, and building personal and business computers for over ten years. He has also written articles for automotive parts management publications, and is a regular contributor at our sister site, TechnologyX.com
  • Cape Dave

    What controller does this have?

    • renosablast

      Not listed on Intel’s site, but others have indicated that it is LSI SandForce SF2281.

      • Cape Dave

        Thanks. I guess if that is good enough for Intel, it should be good enough for me :)

  • iCrunch

    Wow, another day, another major SSD release.

    I’m stuck deciding what to upgrade my Intel 520 Series 240GB SSD with. Looks like it will be between this, the 530 Series, the Samsung 840 Pro, or the new 840 EVO. Decisions, decisions…

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