We heard that the SSDs are only available in sample quantities and this time and will become commercially available in Q1. Since they are based on the same multi-level cell technology as the 80 GB X25-M (the “m” actually stands for “mainstream”) model, we would expect similar performance data – read speeds of up to 250 MB/s and write speeds of about 70 MB/s.
The power consumption should be about 0.15 watts under load.
Pricing remains a mystery at this time, but common sense suggests that these drive will cost about twice of what the 80 GB models are going for these days: $550-$600 for OEMs and about $700-$800 retail. However, the competition in this high-performance SSD segment is increasingly competitive, which provides hope that these drives may cost less than $1000.
The price is speculation right now, but we are quite certain that we will not find these “mainstream” drives in any mainstream PC in 2009.