Intel 530 SSD Series Could Launch Soon

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Intel Roadmap shows 530 SSD Series could ship next week

The successor of the Intel 520 and 525 SSD series is going to be the 530 SSD series and it appears that they could be launching very soon. VR-Zone has released a screenshot of Intel’s roadmap for their line of SSDs. As you can see from the photo, the Intel 530 SSD series was suppose to launch in the Q2 of 2013 but was delayed a month. Sources are saying that we should see the launch of the Intel 530 SSD series sometime between July 8th and July 12th.

Intel 530 SSD Series Roadmap

Intel 530 SSD Series Roadmap

Features of the Intel 530 SSD Series

The Intel 530 SSD series will include the latest 20 nm MLC NAND flash chips and the Sandforce SF-2281 controller. The Sandforce SF-2281 is the same controller that Intel has been using for the past couple of years but you can assume they will have the latest firmware and revision for the launch of the 530 SSD series. We should see better reliability, compatibility, and performance with all the latest improvements made. The Intel 530 SSD series will come in three different form factors with the most common being the 2.5″ SATA form factor, then mSATA, and M2 form factors. The Intel 530 SSD series will come in 80 Gb, 180 Gb, 240 Gb, and 360 Gb  for mSATA and M2 form factors and then for the 2.5″ form factor you will be able to purchase the SSD in 180 Gb, 240 Gb, 360 Gb, and 480 Gb capacities.

As of right now I haven’t seen any prices for the new series but hopefully next week, if the timeline holds true, we will be getting some more solid information about the Intel 530 SSD series pricing. Speculation currently is that the low end capacity SSDs will be approximately $150, the mid level capacity SSDs between $200-250, and their high capacity SSDs in the low $400 range.

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