Intel announces Z-P140 PATA Solid-State Drive

Ultra-small, fast and lower-power drive aimed at handheld mobile devices.

California computer chip maker Intel announced on Monday its latest Solid State Drive (SSD), the Z-P140. Available in 2 GB or 4 GB capacities, these PATA drives are smaller than a penny and, at 0.6 grams, are designed for manufacturers who wish to build handheld or mobile devices.

Unlike traditional hard drives, which have many moving parts, SSDs use flash memory to store data, obviating the need for moving parts and reducing overall power consumption. The Intel Z-P140 PATA SSD offers read speeds of 40 MB/s and write speeds of 30 MB/s and will add to the current Z-U130 USB SSD Intel introduced last March.

Mass production of the 2 GB version is scheduled for the first quarter of 2008, with the 4 GB version to follow.

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