Intel set for early launch of 320 series Postville Refresh

While it’s usual to hear about product launches being delayed, Intel is so confident with its 320 SSD series (Postville Refresh) that it will be bringing forward the launch of this range to March 28th.  This range is set to replace its current X25-V and X25-M range with the same price point targeted at consumers, businesses and enterprise users.

According to VR-Zone, the finalised specifications for this range include random 4K IOPS of up to 39,500 read and 23,000 write, full disk 128-bit AES encryption, enhanced power loss management, 1.2 million hours MTBF and 25nm MLC NAND.  The SSD range will be available in capacities of 40GB, 80GB, 120GB, 160GB, 300GB and 600GB, priced between $109 and $1,119.

While these appear to be using the SATA2 interface, their random IOPS figures are pretty impressive, especially if they are cable to sustain these ratings with compressed data.  128-bit encryption is a useful addition, considering that it is very difficult to ensure everything has been wiped off the NAND cells.  By using encryption, this prevents left over data from being directly read from the NAND cells.