Intel Intros the SSD 510 with SATA 3.0 (500MB/s Read) in 120GB and 250GB Storage Capacities

Intel SSD 510For those still nursing the whiplash of Intel's Thunderbolt news, you'll be happy to learn that Intel has just released their speediest SSD-based SATA drive to date [press release]. Unfortunately, it's still a long ways from taking advantage of Thunderbolt's bi-directional 10Gb/s transfer rates (effective: 1.25GB/s). The SSD 510, nonetheless, boasts an impressive 500MB/s read, 315MB/s [...]

Is Thunderbolt (Formerly Light Peak) Overkill for Today’s SATA Drives?

Thunderbolt LogoI'm reading Intel's press release for their new Thunderbolt I/O data connection technology that boasts a bi-directional data transfer speed of 10Gb/s through a PCI Express interconnect — which is awesome. However, today's hard drives can't take advantage of those speeds because SATA drives — even the latest SATA 3.0 drives [PDF] — aren't that [...]