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Intel Releases NAND Disk, Fails To Get The Point Completely

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Intel has just released a flash NAND drive following the steps of Samsung, SanDisk and TDK, but in a very lame, half-assed way. Rather than implementing a fast hard drive using a Serial, Ultra or even plain ATA interface, Intel has chosen to build it around, you guessed it, USB 2.0.

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So forget about dropping it in your laptop any time soon, although given the specs, I wouldn't even want this in my mother-in-law MacBook: Intel says that their 8 Gbytes Z-U130 is going to reach 20 Mbytes per second transfer rates, whereas the competition is offering already 32 GBytes at 62 Mbytes per second. It just doesn't get sadder than that, really. Hopefuly, Apple won't be using them for their rumored sub-notebook.

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Intel Reveals Solid State Flash Drives [Daily Tech via Xinhua Online]

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At the risk of stating the blindingly obvious, this is a NAND disk for external USB2.0 drive. Complaining about it not having SATA or PATA is like throwing a strop because the new cellphone li-ion batteries from Sony don't carry enough juice for your Prius.