Crucial unveils next-gen SSD: The M550

Summary:The M550 design uses Micron's 20-nanometer multilevel cell (MLC) NAND and firmware to deliver up to 95,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) while drawing as little as 0.15 watts during normal operation.

M550 SSD
(Source: Micron)

Micron Technology and Crucial have introduced a next-generation SSD designed for personal storage, media and entertainment markets. Called the M550, the new drive not only brings with it high performance, but also hardware encryption, a low-power mode, data protection and adaptive thermal management.

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The M550 SSD offers 20 times greater performance than a standard hard drive, while consuming significantly less power, drawing as little as 0.15 watts during normal operation.

The M550 design uses Micron's 20-nanometer multilevel cell (MLC) NAND and firmware to deliver up to 95,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS). The drive’s sequential speeds reach up to 550 MB/s for reads and 500 MB/s writes, which maxes out the capabilities of the SATA 6 Gb/s interface.

The M550 SSD incorporates a host of advanced features:

  • Best-in-Class Hardware Encryption: Keeps personal files and sensitive information secure in the event of device theft or loss.
  • Device Sleep Low-Power Mode: Enables the drive to draw practically no power while in sleep mode and respond instantly when the laptop is opened.
  • Data Protection: Employs onboard power-loss protection and advanced error recovery techniques to protect the integrity of stored data.
  • Adaptive Thermal Management: Dynamically adjusts power consumption based on system temperature for ultra-small, thermally constrained systems.
  • Reliability: Proprietary RAIN technology provides built-in fail-over protection at the NAND level.

"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," said Darren Thomas, vice president of Micron’s storage business unit. "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."

The Crucial M550 2.5-inch SSD is offered in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities through retail channels, and also in a 64GB version to OEMs. The smaller M.2 and mSATA form factors will be available through Crucial later this year, in capacities up to 512GB.

The drive is backed by a three-year limited warranty

Topics: Hardware


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