Based on the SandForce SF-2281 controller and bringing the SATA III 6Gbps interface to Intel's budget line for the first time, the new drives can hit maximum sequential performance of 500MB/s read and 450MB/s writes. Input-output operations per second (IOPS) are rated at up to 22,500 for random 4K reads and 33,000 4K random writes.
These may not be the fastest SSDs on the market but with a price of $89 for 60GB, $149 for 120GB and $243 for 180GB they are certainly among the cheapest available. This works out to be around $1.25 to $1.40 per gigabyte.
Will we see SSDs at the magic $1 per gigabyte soon? These certainly indicate it is possible.