During a briefing about the new Intel SSD 520 series, the chip giant revealed that SSDs with 20nm NAND flash memory will follow later this year. Towards the end of the year, this new memory will appear in a 1TB SSD.
Compute-grade flash dies are rolling off the line in 128Gb capacities, and as many as eight can be squeezed into a single package. We'll see these NAND chips appear in a 1TB SSD by the end of this year, Intel says.
Further details about that terabyte drive remain under wraps, so it's unclear whether Intel's own controller technology will be found under the hood. If Intel continues using third-party controller tech, it may have a hard time competing with rival SSD makers willing to charge substantially less for drives that offer largely equivalent performance. Of course, it could also make a tidy sum supplying those other SSD makers with flash.