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Intel stacks up the world's densest solid state drive

Intel stacks up the world's de...
Intel has unveiled the P4500, the world's densest SSD that crams 32 TB into a 12-inch "ruler" form factor
Intel has unveiled the P4500, the world's densest SSD that crams 32 TB into a 12-inch "ruler" form factor
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32 of Intel's new P4500 SSDs can fit into one standard server slot, for a total of 1 PB of data storage per slot
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32 of Intel's new P4500 SSDs can fit into one standard server slot, for a total of 1 PB of data storage per slot
Intel has unveiled the P4500, the world's densest SSD that crams 32 TB into a 12-inch "ruler" form factor
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Intel has unveiled the P4500, the world's densest SSD that crams 32 TB into a 12-inch "ruler" form factor

Intel has unveiled what it calls the world's densest solid state drive (SSD), packing 32 TB into a device the size of an old 12-inch ruler. The development should help data centers get more bang for their buck, cutting the cost of cooling and making more efficient use of the physical space.

Dubbed the Intel SSD DC P4500, the new drive crams 32 TB into a rectangular shape measuring 12 x 1.5 x 0.3 in (30.5 x 3.8 x 0.8 cm). It's built using 3D NAND architecture, stacking 64 layers of memory cells on top of one another. Intel says the devices can stay cool with only about half the airflow that a hard disk requires.

32 of Intel's new P4500 SSDs can fit into one standard server slot, for a total of 1 PB of data storage per slot
32 of Intel's new P4500 SSDs can fit into one standard server slot, for a total of 1 PB of data storage per slot

The P4500's ruler form factor means that 32 of them will fit into one standard server slot in a data center, totaling a massive 1 petabyte (PB) of data storage per slot. These 3D NAND SSDs will require just 10 percent of the power that 1 PB of hard disks would use, and only take up five percent of the physical space.

These SSDs aren't the kind that consumers will be able to cram into their home PCs, but the average Joe and Jane may be able to benefit through the faster cloud services from companies like IBM, Microsoft and Tencent, who will be among the first to use the new P4500s in their huge data centers.

Source: Intel [1],[2]

1 comment
bwana4swahili
Na, I'll wait until they can cram 1 petabyte (PB) of data storage into that 12" ruler! 32 TB is so old school...