Intel have unveiled a new series of Solid State Drives, the SSD 310 series. These drives are based on a 34nm Intel NAND architecture and are available on an m-SATA form factor. These drives are targeted at manufacturers of dual-drive laptops, along with manufacturers of netbooks and tablets.

What’s special about these drives is that they’re really, really tiny. The SDD 310 series devices are 29.85mm wide, 50.80mm long, and a bit less than 4.85mm thick. They weigh a meager 10 grams (!). That is 1/8th the size of a standard 2.5-inch hard drive, while providing comparable performance.

Fast things come in small packages

Lenovo are already planning on using these SSDs in their products. “The Intel SSD 310 series will allow us to provide the advantages of a full-performance Intel SSD paired with the storage of a hard disk drive in a small, dual-drive system,” said Tom Butler, director of ThinkPad product marketing.

SSDs are much faster than standard hard drives, because they allow for faster boot-times and quicker access to the most used applications. Most gaming laptops nowadays pair a lower-capacity SSD with a higher-capacity hard-drive in order to improve performance.

The Intel SSD 310 series is available in 40GB and 80GB variants, which are priced at $99 and $179 respectively. These are the prices for when you’re buying them in bulk though, we don’t know what the retail price is going to be like.

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