by Josh Linden

Intel Announces DC S3700 Series Data Center SSDs

Intel has launched the new DC S3700 series of MLC flash SATA SSDs that the company says achieve 2x read and 15x write performance improvements over Intel’s SSD 710 drives. The new SSDs will be offered at 100, 200, 400, and 800GB capacities, in 2.5-inch and limited 1.8-inch form factors. SSD DC S3700 drives use Intel 25nm NAND HET MLC modules and incorporate Intel’s High Endurance Technology (HET) that tunes MLC memory for enterprise reliability. HET enables the Intel SSD DC S3700 Series to promise 10 full drive writes per day of wear over the 5-year life of the drive. DCS3700 drives are also designed with an extra bank of memory to cache data that is being written in order to protect against power failures.

According to Intel, the SSD DC S3700 achieves 4KB random read performance of up to 75,000 IOPS and 4KB write performance of up to 36,000 IOPS. The DC S3700 has also attained a typical sequential write latency of 65 microseconds and Quality of Service (QOS) of less than 500 microseconds 99.9 percent of the time in Intel benchmarks.

Intel SSD DC S3700 Specifications

  • 2.5-inch capacities: 100/200/400/800 GB
  • 1.8-inch capacities: 200/400 GB
  • Intel 25nm NAND HET MLC Flash Memory
  • Read and Write IOPS (Full LBA Range, Iometer Queue Depth 32)
    • Random 4 KB Reads: Up to 75,000 IOPS
    • Random 4 KB Writes: Up to 36,000 IOPS
    • Random 8 KB Reads: Up to 47,500 IOPS
    • Random 8 KB Writes: Up to 20,000 IOPS
  • Bandwidth Performance
    • Sustained Sequential Read: Up to 500 MB/s
    • Sustained Sequential Write: Up to 460 MB/s
  • Endurance: 10 drive writes per day for 5 years (Based on JESD218)
  • Average Sequential Read Latency: 50μs (TYP)
  • Average Sequential Write Latency: 65μs (TYP)
  • Quality of Service: 500μs (99.9%) Read/Write
  • Performance Consistency: Up to 90%/90% (99.9%) Read/Write
  • AES 256-bit Encryption
  • Power Management
    • 2.5 inch: 5 V or 12 V SATA Supply Rail
    • 1.8 inch: 3.3 V SATA Supply Rail
    • SATA Interface Power Management
    • OS-aware hot plug/removal
    • Enhanced power-loss data protection
  • Active Power Consumption (5V supply): Up to 6W (TYP)
  • Idle Power Consumption (5V supply): 650mW
  • Uncorrectable Bit Error Rate (UBER): 1 sector per 1017 bits read
  • Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF): 2 million hours
  • 5-year limited warranty

Pricing and availability

SSD DC S3700 samples are now available for customers to begin quality and validation cycles. General availability is expected by the end of the year, with volume production in the first quarter of 2013.

The product comes in a 2.5-inch form factor for all capacities, and 200GB and 400GB capacities in its 1.8-inch form factor.

MSRP for the 2.5-inch Intel SSD DC S3700 Series (1,000-unit quantities)

  • 100GB: $235
  • 200GB: $470
  • 400GB: $940
  • 800GB: $1,880

MSRP for the 1.8-inch Intel DC S3700 Series (1,000-unit quantities)

  • 200GB: $495
  • 400GB: $965

UPDATE - Intel SSD DC S3700 Review Posted

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