Intel Announces QLC PCIe 3D NAND PCIe SSDs For Client and Datacenters, Also Intros Ruler SSD DC P4500 With Up To 32 TB Storage Capacity

Intel has announced a range of new storage products that deliver higher capacities with new tech and form factors. The products will include PCIe and SATA based devices which will launch in the coming months and feature new QLC/TLC NAND flash.

Intel Announces Worlds First QLC and Optane Driven PCIe SSDs, Ruler SSDs For Datacenters Come With Up To 32 TB Capacity

First up, we have the new Optane and QLC NAND driven PCIe SSDs which include two products, the SSD 660p for clients and the SSD D5-P4320 for data centers. The client SSDs would ship with 2TB of storage capacities in the M.2 form factor while the datacenter SSDs would ship with up to 8TB (7.68TB effective) capacities (higher capacities would be available later) in 2.5" U.2 form factor. Some uses of these drives are listed below:

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Intel is reimagining the memory-and-storage market and igniting a new era of computing with the combination of Intel Optane and Intel QLC 3D NAND technologies. (Credit: Peter Belanger Photography)

The QLC + Optane drives would pack a 64 Layer 3D QLC NAND flash, capable of delivering reads and writes speeds of 3000 MB/s and 1000 MB/s, respectively. The drives will feature a warranty of five years and prices would be listed later.

Intel has also announced their 3D NAND Ruler SSDs which are fully compliant with the EDSFF or Enterprise and Datacenter Storage Form Factor. Being just 12 inches in length, these Ruler SSDs can pack up to 32 TB of storage capacity in the densest and noise-proof solution created to date.

Intel’s newest solid-state drive, the Intel SSD DC P4500, is about the size of an old-fashioned 12-inch ruler and can store 32 terabytes. That’s equivalent to triple the entire printed collection of the U.S. Library of Congress.

The new SSD is Intel’s densest drive ever and is built on Intel 3D NAND technology, which stacks memory cells atop each other in multiple extremely thin layers, instead of just one. Memory cells in the P4500 are stacked 64 layers deep.

Older disk drives produce a great deal of heat. In most data centers today, the single biggest cost is air conditioning to keep them cool. This is one of the reasons some of the world’s biggest data companies — IBM, Microsoft, Tencent — are using the new “ruler” SSD to support their cloud and data center operations.

Wayne Allen leads data center storage pathfinding at Intel Corporation. Allen and his team brought the ruler, or EDSFF, solid-state drive to life, delivering massive improvements in density, cooling, and space and power efficiency. (Credit: Walden Kirsch/Intel Corporation)

In data centers, the no-moving-parts ruler-shaped SSDs can be lined up 32 side-by-side, to hold up to a petabyte in a single server slot. Compared with a traditional SSD, the “ruler” requires half the airflow to keep cool. And compared with hard disk storage, the new 3D NAND SSD sips one-tenth the power and requires just one-twentieth space. via Intel

Intel is also releasing their updated TLC NAND based legacy SATA drives for data centers in 240 GB and up to 3.84 TB capacities. 7.68 TB models of this series are also expected to arrive later on that would be worth looking forward to.

SSDs Name D3-S4510 D3-S4610
Form Factor 2.5" 7mm SATA
Interface 6Gbps SATA
Capacities 240 GB, 480 GB, 960 GB, 1.92 TB, 3.84 TB
NAND Intel 64L 3D TLC
Sequential Read 560 MB/s 560 MB/s
Sequential Write 280–510 MB/s 320–510 MB/s
Random Read (4 KB) 90–97k IOPS 92–97k IOPS
Random Write (4 KB) 16–36k IOPS 28–51k IOPS
Power Idle 1.0–1.1 W 1.0–1.1 W
Operating 2.4–3.6 W 2.4–3.7 W
Write Endurance 0.9–13.1 PBW
1.4–2.0 DWPD
1.4–22.0 PBW
2.9–3.4 DWPD
Warranty 5 years
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