Crucial unveils next-gen SSD: The M550

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.

TOPICS: Hardware
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.

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

Topic: Hardware

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    You can buy Crucial hardware direct from Crucial and eliminate all the middle men, they will sell and deliver direct to Australians from their website.
    No Australia Tax on their hardware, the 1TB drive is around $600.
    I've bought from their website a few years ago and I will buy one of those (Samsung would be good but the Australia Tax kills them).
    Kevin Cobley
  • Not really next gen

    More like version 3.5G vs 4G. As u mention the current crop of SSDs are max'ing the SATA interface and this is not only a real problem but defining the boundary of what the true next gen will look like. Will it be PCIe, SATA Express, or some other as yet defined interface. And when it comes watch out, the speeds will be blazing fast like nothing ever seen before. They will redefine computing as we know it. In a nutshell: latency will be a thing of the past.