Updated 11:29 AM EDT, Tue, Jun 16, 2020

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Intel Launches P3100 Read-Focused SSD


(Photo : Getty Images) A general view of the Intel booth at the International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tech giant Intel recently released a tiny form factor, single-sided SSD, which the company claimed is heavily optimized for read function and designed ideally for server use in data centers. The Intel P3100 SSD sports an M.2 design and was built using 3D TLC NAND technology.

The 3D TLC NAND technology is slowly being adopted by tablet, notebook and laptop manufacturers due to its form factor that does not take up so much space. The use of TLC NAND also means that the SSD can support capacities of up to 1TB.

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On the other hand, TLC devices are designed to focus more on reading data than writing it.

Intel is hoping that the P3100 will fill the market for servers that have limited real estate. Servers that focus more on read IOs rather than write IOs are the target market of the Intel P3100, according to The Register.

The Intel P3100 has a random read and write IOPS of up to 114,000 and 10,000, respectively.

Sequential read and write bandwidth are at 1.8GBps and 175GBps, respectively. Using this data, one can conclude that the P3100 SSD is designed for a more read-oriented workload.

The Intel P3100 supports 0.5 drive writes per day for three years, and 0.3 drive writes per day for five years.

The SSD has a five-year warranty. The SSD draws 10mW of power when in idle, and averages 5.5W when active.

Intel said the P3100 does not support power-loss data protection, although the SD does have AES-256 bit encryption. Intel noted that the P3100 is ideal for server applications, particularly in being a boot device, edge caching, web hosting and search indexing.

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