VR-Zone Update — More Intel SSD 5Q Roadmap Info Published

As TSSDR reported a couple of days ago, Chinese site VR-Zone published Intel’s latest SSD roadmap.  This roadmap indicates a pending 530 model release, along with M.2 NGFF form factor and mSATA series.  VR-Zone has now posted an updated model chart related to the roadmap.

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The model chart indicates that the 530 series will be offered in M.2 form factor capacities of 80GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB and 360GB.  The mSATA version shows capacities of 120GB, 180GB and 240GB; while the standard 2.5″ form factor notes capacities of 180GB, 240GB, 360GB and 480GB.


The Pro1500 Series indicates identical form factors and capacities as the 530 series, with the only difference being that the Pro1500 series drops the 120GB mSATA version.  Both the 530 series and Pro1500 series show SandForce-driven read/write speeds of 550 MB/s and 520 MB/s, respectively.  Read and write IOPS are indicated as 50,000/60,000.  Both series feature AES 256-bit encryption, with the Pro1500 indicating OPAL certification.


Also shown in the model chart is a DC (Data Center?) S3500 series for enterprise applications.  The S3500 will be offered in 2.5″ form factor capacities of 80GB, 120GB, 160GB, 240GB, 300GB, 480GB, 600GB and 800GB.  A 1.8″ form factor model will offer capacities of 80GB, 240GB, 400GB and 800GB.  Read/write speeds are stated as 450 MB/s / 400 MB/s, with read/write IOPS of 72,000/10,000.  As is the case with most enterprise SSDs, some potential speed is sacrificed in favor of increased durability and endurance.


All of these new Intel SSD series will be based on 20nm architecture, and an as-yet-unknown SandForce controller model.  All are indicated as featuring a 5-year warranty.  As our previous article indicated, a future Pro2500 series is pending, along with larger capacities of the enterprise SSDs in both SATA and PCIe interfaces.


We do not know how they keep pulling it off, but VR-Zone certainly seems to have the inside track on Intel roadmaps, and continues to repeatedly scoop the rest of the tech press when it comes to Intel SSD technology.  Stay tuned for more info and updates as they become available.


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    Interesting how the 500 Series has moved from being an “enthusiast”-level SSD to a “consumer”-grade part. (the 520 Series more specifically, I guess)

    It looks like Intel is not immediately looking to offer PCI-e SSDs to consumers or even “Pro-sumers”.

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    Unless I am missing something this is pretty publicly known stuff… 530 is 520/525 with 20nm (samples have been out for a while).3500 was announced weeks ago( not sf based) 1500 is new… looks like it is 530 with opal or am I missing something?
    530 and 1500 have sf fw updates. The fact that no other pcie or enterprise ssds are there is a little shocking.

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