Monday, January 07, 2008

Tiny Intel flash drive hits 16GB

Intel's new solid state drive, the Z-P140, comes in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB sizes

CES 2008: Z-P140 SSD ideal for phones, handhelds

Dean Evans
06 Jan 2008 13:41 GMT

At this year's CES, Intel is all about mobility. Intel's 45nm Penryn CPUs will be fuelling the latest desktops and laptops, while its Ultra Mobile Platform chips will be powering UMPCs, UMDs and MIDs.

Alongside its processor technology, Intel has also officially announced its new Z-P140 PATA solid state drive (SSD). We've written about the Z-P140 before, but here's the first picture of it. As you can see, it's about the size of a US penny and uses Intel's SD54B and SD58B NAND flash memory chips for storage.

Intel says that the Z-P140 weighs 0.6g (lighter than the average water droplet, apparently) and is 400 times smaller than a traditional 1.8-inch HDD. And, of course, there are no moving parts.

The Z-P140 is capable of read speeds of 40MB/s and write speeds of 30MB/s. Ideal for smartphones (and the anticipated flood of mobile internet devices in 2008), Intel's SD54B and SD58B NAND chips can be combined into 2GB, 4GB, 8GB or 16GB versions.