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Crucial announces M550 solid-state drive for upgraders

To make your laptop run like a rocket
Wed Mar 19 2014, 15:56

MEMORY AND STORAGE BRAND Crucial has announced a solid state disk (SSD) drive produced by its parent Micron.

The Crucial M550 is a 7mm drive with a 9.5mm adapter, capable of delivering up to 95,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS). The drive is rated at sequential speeds of 550MB/sec for reads and 500MB/sec for writes.

Using NAND flash memory chips fabbed at 20nm, the device includes hardware encryption, a low power sleep mode, error recovery, power loss protection, thermal management systems and failover protection at NAND level via Micron's RAIN technology.

Darren Thomas, VP of Micron's storage business unit, said "Built on our years of storage expertise, the M550 SSD combines leading-edge performance with an advanced feature set to create a powerful computing experience."

"For consumers, the Crucial M550 SSD offers a reliable storage solution from a trustworthy brand. For OEM customers, the Micron M550 SSD offers a slim, lightweight form factor for ultrathin designs, and advanced features for media and video applications."

Crucial is perhaps better known for its RAM, with its website able to identify the correct modules needed for many PCs without requiring the consumer to wade through bewildering RAM specifications. Crucial is offering SSD drives as another route to improving the performance of older or slower machines.

The Crucial branded M550 SSD drive is available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities with Micron offering an additional 64GB version for OEM distribution. The SATA models are available now, with mSATA and M.2 models to follow later in the year. µ


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