Micron rolls out solid-state drives

Micron rolls out solid-state drives

Summary: Memory giant Micron Technology rolled out its lineup of solid-state drives Wednesday.The move is another data point in a march toward solid state, NAND memory drives.

TOPICS: Hardware, CXO, Servers

Memory giant Micron Technology rolled out its lineup of solid-state drives Wednesday.

micron_2_5inch_ssd_ext.jpgThe move is another data point in a march toward solid state, NAND memory drives. Micron said its drives are designed for PCs, enterprise servers and networking gear. The family of products, dubbed RealSSD, have densities ranging from 1 gigabyte to 64 GBs. Here's a look at the lineup:

  • RealSSD drives: Micron is offering 1.8 inch and 2.5 inch drivees for notebooks and desktops. Micron said it is sampling devices and plan to launch mass production in the first quarter. The drives use less than 2 watts of power and are lighter than disk-based hard drives.
  • RealSSD Embedded USB: These products offer 1 GB to 8 GBs of storage and are designed to be integrated with the USB 2.0 interface. "This provides a cost-effective solution to store and boot an entire operating system within an industrial PC or blade server system or it could be used as a reserve for often accessed files," says Micron. Mass production is expected by the end of the year.
  • RealSSD Module: The Module is a solid state storage device that can be used in many form factors. The modules are less than 4 millimeters thick.

Micron is betting big on solid state drives. In October, Micron Technology CFO Mike Sadler said the company is optimistic about flash memory based solid state drives and sees about 5 million to 10 million units being shipped in 2008. By 2011, Micron is hoping for about 50 million to 60 million units.

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  • And this is why I think Blu-Ray and HDDVD are DOA

    By the time the format war is over you will have solid state media for movies in HD format.
    • ?

      Isn't there still a bit of price disparity?

      Just askin'

      Jack-Booted EULA
    • war is over

      Dual readers, like the one from LG will be the answer, just like it happened with DVD+R und DVD-R.

      and no, solid states will not replace them. Don't forget "the right tool for the right job", which implies a trade-off between technologies. Movies are written once and then always read from there. Having the flexibility of solid state devices for a read-only content is overkill, and this trade-off is very represented in the price difference.

      I understand your frustration with HDDVD and Blue Ray, but like it or not, they do have a place in the market.
    • DVD players that upscale content

      As I have an extensive DVD collection, rather than re-buying my library, I'm going with a DVD player that can up-convert to HD.


      Besides the 7.1 sound, what does Blue-Ray or HDDVD offer besides HD ?

  • Embedded USB??? Another Thumb-Drive!!!

    USB is obsolete, Firewire is still holding its ground, but Embedded SATA would have been more appropriate.
    • I think you got it backwards

      Firewire never took off. USB is the one that is everywhere. SATA is spreading. But I think that a wireless drive ie. bluetooth, or USB 3.0 (wireless USB) will be the next leap forward.
      • Firewire...

        Firewire likely didn't take off because Intel didn't want it to. It is superior to USB, I have no idea what Intel had against it and why they saw fit to introduce the inferior USB 2.

        My biggest lament is that you should be able to buy a bus-powered Firewire external drive for about the same prices as a brick-powered USB 2 drive. Yet all the Firewire drives I've found have power bricks because they need them for the (always included) USB 2 interface.

        Where can I get a high-capacity bus-powered Firewire drive?

        Flash drives are a great convenience, but not only are they very expensive per GB, if they fail (which they seem prone to do), you lose everything. At least if a disk drive fails, you can usually recover most if not all the data on it.
        Fred Fredrickson
        • Bus-Powered Firewire Drives...

          These are the only ones that I know of right off:
      • Firewire IS Superior !!!!

        Firewire never took off because of false advetising by Microsoft and Intel. Since consumers were tricked into thing USB was the way to go, prices never came down on Firewire devices.

        Since everything is now going to SATA, USB will go the path of ISA cards.
  • Thumbs up

    I'm definitely all for the wide adoption of solid state drives. Solid state drives will be far more durable then our current hard drives which have moving parts, especially in laptops (where I most welcome SSD). Once these SSD's reach 200gb+ you can expect me to be a customer.

    - John Musbach
    John Musbach