April 6, 2009 at 6:35 pm
Intel is discontinuing its line of Z-P230 PATA solid-state drives according to TG Daily. The SSD drives which launched last Summer were specifically designed for “value mobile and desktop systems such as netbooks and nettops.” They came in capacities ranging from 4GB to 16GB.
The drives were one-fourth the size of a standard 1.8-inch hard drive and benefited from the low-power requirements you’d expect from a SSD. The main difference between the Z-P230 and the company’s Z-P140 for MIDs (mobile Internet devices) was a focus on low cost for the Z-P230s. Z-P230 flash drives sold for less than $15 in 4 GB versions, for less than $25 in the 8 GB version and for less than $45 as 16 GB models.
Intel has not announced a successor to the Z-P230 SSD range and is instead focusing on the higher capacity 80GB and 160GB SSDs which sell at higher prices. Final orders will be taken on May 4 of this year with last shipments planned for June 4, 2009.