MICRON'S NEXT FLAGSHIP PRODUCT has been leaked to prior to launch.
The Crucial MX100 2.5in SSD drive was due for release at Computex 2014 in June, but full details were disclosed in a European news article yesterday.
Micron has been meeting with selected news outlets including The INQUIRER to preview the new solid-state disk (SSD) drive under embargo, but someone seems to have leaked the specifications.
We don't break embargoes. It's not good journalism. Product specifications can and do change right up until the last moment. However we thought we had to report something, so we spoke with Micron, which gave us a statement.
Micron said, "The word is out that Crucial will be launching a new SSD in the early June 2014 timeframe called the Crucial MX100 SSD. The new MX100 will be a competitively-priced, 2.5in SSD based on Micron's new 16nm chips, and will be the successor to the Crucial M500 drive. The high-performance Crucial M550 drive will also remain part of the Crucial SSD product line-up."
The Crucial M550 which was launched in March as a SATA drive, is the current flagship drive from Crucial and will be gaining M.2 and mSATA versions in the coming months. Both are based on 20 nanometer (nm) chips, but the company statement confirms that the MX100 will be the first to use 16nm chips which we trailed last year.
Micron added that the details given in the leaked story were based entirely on speculation. The outlet wasn't given a briefing, nor have they had access to the new drive.
The INQUIRER, on the other hand? We've got a unit winging its way to us as we write, so we can try it out and tell you about it, accurately, after it is announced, with the additional benefit of having actually used the thing. µ