Micron and Crucial have unveiled the new M500 solid state drive, framing it as a more affordable option for Ultrabooks and other ultra-thin computing devices.
Essentially, Micron said that it wants to "deliver the ultimate ultrathin experience" by making the computing process itself leaner and meaner, so to speak.
That means delivering a storage drive that lets these Ultrabooks and other ultra-thin computing devices (i.e. tablets) run faster with longer battery lives.
To get an idea of just how thin these SSDs are, Micron boasted that it has packed nearly half a terabyte of storage onto an SSD module with NAND flash technology at about the size of a stick of gum (80mm x 22mm).
As far as performance goes, Micron is promising "lightning fast boot-up, near instant wake from sleep, and fast application loading" with read and write speeds up to 500 MB/s and 400 MB/s, respectively.
Built by Micron, the M500 will be sold to OEM partners under the Micron brand while it will be available to consumers, businesses, and system builders from Crucial.
The 2.5-inch drive will be available first this quarter in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities. The smaller M.2 and mSATA form factors will follow next quarter in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities.
Again, pricing is an important point here as Micron asserted in the announcement that these storage solutions are supposed to be "affordable," touting the M500 as the "first terabyte-class drive available for under $600."
The price point set by Crucial is supposed to fall under $600 for the 960GB option with a three-year warranty. Pricing wasn't available for the Micron-branded models, but they're likely the same.
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