Storage: Intel's X25-M SSD
Intel's well-known line of flash-based solid state drives (SSDs) got an upgrade this year when the company introduced versions of the X25-M built on 34nm architecture. Previous models, such as the one that was part of the CRN Test Center's Ultimate PC project, used 50nm designs. The immediate result of this change was a considerable price drop for the current 80-GB and 160-GB drives. Combined with features in Windows 7 that are designed to take advantage of SSDs, the advanced feature set and more attractive pricing give Intel the potential to gain an even larger portion of the growing SSD market.