Try getting a PC that carries the Z-U130 solid-state drive from Intel. It combines Nand Flash memory with USB 2.0 and 1.1-compliant interfaces and a 2 × 5-USB connector. Standard drives contain a single-level cell Nand in a thin, small-outline package (TSOP). Next-generation drives may incorporate multilevel cell technology, Intel says.

Compared with hard disk drives or removable USB storage devices, the solid-state drives not only give faster boot times, they also serve as storage for embedded code and can lower power usage for PCs, routers, servers, gaming, and industrial applications. A 28-Mbytes/sec read speed and a 20-Mbytes/sec write speed make short work of typical operations in PC and embedded applications such as locating boot code, operating systems, and libraries.

The product comes in 1, 2, 4, and 8-Gbyte storage densities. Intel says the Z-U130 will have an average mean time between failure (MTBF) of 5 million hours.

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