Intel has unveiled what it claims to be the “world’s densest, totally silent solid state drive.” While SSDs have been around for a very long time, the form factor that this drive is based on is not only unique but it also enables Intel to cram an absurd amount of storage in a device that’s roughly the size of a 12 inch ruler. Intel’s first ruler SSD has 32TB of storage.
It’s the densest ever device that Intel has ever built. It has been manufactured using the company’s 3D NAND technology that stacks memory cells ontop of each other in extremely thin layers.
Intel’s ruler form factor was introduced last year. It has been developed with the aim of offering as much storage as possible while ensuring optimal thermal efficiency. This form factor is meant for servers. Data centers are fast replacing hard disk drives which require expensive cooling systems to keep everything running smoothly, Intel is aiming to capture that market with this product.
This SSD can be lined up 32 side-by-side in data centers to hold up a petabyte of storage in a single servers slot. Compared to conventional SSDs, the ruler SSD needs half the airflow to keep cool, according to Intel. When compared with hard disks, it only requires one-tenth of the power and one-twentieth space.