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CES: Micron Technology announces a low priced 1TB SSD

The Crucial M500 SSD will retail for £450
Thu Jan 10 2013, 16:46
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CES: MEMORY MAKER Micron Technology introduced a 1TB class solid state disk (SSD) drive at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas today that offers slim design and lower response times at a more affordable price.

Retailing for £450, the Crucial M500 SSD is around 40 percent cheaper than most 1TB SSDs on the market at the moment, Micron claimed.

"The M500 uses 20 nanometer (NM) multilevel cell (MLC) NAND flash to achieve terabyte-class capacity and enable a new level of SSD price competitiveness," Micron said.

The largest M500 SSD actually has 960GB capacity and uses a SATA3 6Gbit/s controller combined with Micron's custom firmware to deliver up to 80,000 I/O operations per second, and read and write speeds are 500MB/s and 400MB/s, respectively.

The drive will also be available in 480GB, 240GB and 120GB models, all with a 500MB/s read speed. However, write speeds differ between capacities, with the 960GB and 480GB models having a 400MB/s write speed, the 240GB model having a 250MB/s write speed and the 120GB model having a 130MB/s write speed.

"Dramatically faster than a hard drive, the M500 SSD enables fast boot-up, near instant wake from sleep, and fast application loading, creating a dynamic and engaging computing experience," Micron added.

Another feature of the M500 includes a Thermistor to supervise the temperature of the drive and manage reads and writes if it's overheating.

The drive will be available in a 2.5in SATA form for regular PCs and laptops, mSATA form for motherboards and small PCs and laptops, as well as the M.2 form. However, it's worth noting that the 960GB model is only available in 2.5in SATA form.

Micron's consumer brand Crucial also announced its first DDR4 DRAM at CES today.

Based on Micron's 30NM technology, the 4Gbit chip based DDR4 line is expected to be the industry's most complete portfolio of DDR4 based modules and will include RDIMMs, LRDIMMs, SODIMMs and UDIMMs.

"The new Crucial DDR4 DRAM modules use up to 20 percent lower voltage than previous technology, enabling smaller, more efficient form factors and longer battery lives," Crucial said.

"The DDR4 DRAM will have lower voltage, operating at 1.2V in comparison to current DDR3 offerings operating from 1.35V to 1.5V."

The new memory modules enable data rates that are up to twice as fast as DDR3 memory. This will enable systems to process data faster, load applications faster, improve system responsiveness, and increase the ability to multi-task and handle data-intensive programs.

Crucial said its DDR4 DRAM modules are expected to ship worldwide in late 2013. µ


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