by Mark Kidd

Intel Pro 1500 Series Headlines New Intel SSD Professional Family

Intel’s new SSD Professional Family leverages Intel’s track record for reliable enterprise SSDs to compete for a share of the market targeting performance ultrabook and workstations. The Pro 1500 Series, first in the SSD Professional Family, will be available in capacities from 80GB to 480GB in 2.5-inch and M.2 form factors and leverage LSI SandForce's SF-2200 controller. Integration with Intel’s vPro technology, as well as hardware encryption and Trusted Computing Group Opal management integration on selected models, round out a feature list that will appeal to enterprise customers looking for better performance than hard drives can offer.

According to Intel's benchmarks, the SSD Pro 1500 Series reaches peak transfer rates of 540 MB/s and random IOPS up to 80,000. The Pro 1500 Series was engineered to reduce employee downtime, and according to Intel, the Pro 1500 Series beats industry standards by achieving an Annualized Failure Rate (AFR) of less than 1%. 

Intel Pro 1500 Series Specifications

  • Capacity (GB)
    • M.2 Form Factor: 80, 120, 180, 240, 360
    • 2.5-inch Form Factor: 80, 120, 180, 240, 360, 480
  • NAND Flash Memory: 20nm Intel Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
  • LSI SandForce SF-2200 Controller
  • Sequential Read: Up to 540 MB/s
  • Sequential Write: Up to 490 MB/s
  • Random Read: Up to 41K IOPS
  • Random Write: Up to 80K IOPS
  • Interface: SATA 6Gb/s, compatible with SATA 3Gb/s
  • M.2 (80mm) Height and Weight: Up to 3.7mm / up to 10 grams
  • 2.5-inch Height and Weight: Up to 7mm / up to 78 grams
  • Life Expectancy: 1.2 million hours Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)
  • Typical M.2 Power Consumption:
    • Active MobileMark 2007 Workload with SATA Link Power Management (LPM): 140 mW
    • Idle with SATA Link Power Management (LPM): 55 mW
    • DevSleep: 200μW
  • Typical 2.5-inch Power Consumption
    • Active MobileMark 2007 Workload with SATA Link Power Management (LPM): 195 mW
    • Idle with SATA Link Power Management (LPM): 125 mW
    • DevSleep: 5mW
  • Operating Temperature : 0° C to 70° C
  • RoHS Compliance: Meets the requirements of European Union (EU) RoHS Compliance Directives
  • Software Tools
    • Intel Solid-State Drive Toolbox with SSD Optimizer
    • Intel Data Migration Software

When deployed with 4th generation Intel Core processors that incorporate Intel’s vPro technology, power consumption is reduced from milliwatts to microwatts. vPro integration also allows IT managers to remotely manage drives and extract diagnostics using Intel Setup and Configuration Service (SCS) version 9.0. SSD management can be accomplished remotely whether the platform is powered on or off.

Pricing and Availability

Intel has not announced details about pricing and availability. Not all capacities and form factors are expected to be available at launch.

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