Intel announced today that it has begun shipping a 160GB version of its X25-M solid-state drive (SSD).  While offering twice the storage, space this new MLC-based SSD delivers the same level of performance as Intel's 80GB M-series drive. Along with a read latency of 85 microseconds, the drive is capable of sequential read and write speeds of 250MB/s and 70MB/s, respectively.

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Intel is expanding its award-winning Intel® X25-M and X18-M SATA Solid-State Drive (SSD) family by announcing the production release of a 160 gigabyte (GB) capacity drive in a 2.5-inch form factor. The product is shipping now, and a 1.8-inch 160GB version will begin shipping next month.