Intel's new 'ruler' SSD form factor enables up to 1PB of storage

Intel's new 'ruler' SSD form factor enables up to 1PB of storage

Intel's new 'ruler' SSD form factor enables up to 1PB of storage

However, ruler SSDs aren't the only storage solutions that Intel is touting this week.

Intel has now teased its new form factor for SSDs which looks like a ruler, the drives will be long and skinny like a ruler. Unlike the unusual Ruler SSD form-factor, they're created to slot into the place of an existing, traditionally-shaped hard-drive, minimizing the time it takes to upgrade to speedier storage. Further, Intel Ruler SSD will be available with new Optane Memory technology or the traditional 3D NAND memory. Dual port Intel SSD DC D4500, D4502 and D4600 Series are due for release in Q3 this year. These combine "a new Intel-developed SATA controller, innovative SATA firmware and the industry's highest density 32-layer 3D NAND".

While none of these are going to end up in consumer hardware any time soon - though the Intel 3D NAND technology will, in other forms - you'll probably see the benefit anyway.

Leszinske will also share additional details on these products during a keynote address at Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, from 11:30 a.m.to 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, The Intel booths, #839 and #745, will feature demos of the new SSDs. Making server units more efficient and smaller can only be a good thing, however, even if the new Ruler drives never make their way to your own computer.

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Intel has not shared many more details on the Ruler SSDs, so it is not known when they will be available, what connector they will use, or how much they will cost.

This is not Intel's only SSD-related announcement. There's also new dual port SSDs offering more bandwidth and lower latency than Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) hard drives and SSDs. Common configuration - Intel 2U Server System, OS CentOS 7.2, kernel 3.10.0-327.el7.x86_64, CPU 2 x Intel® Xeon® E5-2699 v4 @ 2.20GHz (22 cores), RAM 396GB DDR @ 2133MHz.

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