Intel has launched a new solid state disks that it says is 1/8th the size of the company’s X25 SSDs while offering similar or better performance. The Intel SSD 310 is a small form factor solid state disk, It look s like a mini PCI Express cad, but actually uses a SATA (or rather, mSATA) interface.

The Intel SSD 310 supports read speeds up to 200 MB/s and write speeds up to 70 MB/s. It comes in 40GB and 80GB capacities, with the 80GB model offering those top speeds. The 40Gb model is a bit slower, but it’s also cheaper at just $99. The 80GB model runs $179.

Intel is targeting computer makers looking to build dual disk notebooks, single-disk netbooks and tablets, or low power embedded systems.

The Intel SSD 310 measures 2″ x 1.2″ x 0.2″ and weighs about a third of an ounce — or about as much as two nickels. Intel says it offers up to 60 percent better responsiveness than a typical 5400RPM hard drive.

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