Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and Intel are teaming up to produce solid-state drives for servers and workstations.
SSDs based on flash memory chips are faster and consume less power than disk drives. Although SSDs are more expensive, the high-speed, low-power characteristics they offer are particularly useful in high-end applications, such as datacentres.
Hitachi will only use NAND flash chips obtained from Intel in its high-end SSDs. The two companies will jointly develop drives that use Serial Attached SCSI and Fibre Channel interfaces, with products expected in 2010.
Intel will continue to sell SSDs for laptops and desktop PCs, which use the SATA interface, under its own brand.