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Crucial unveils M500 SSD line with up to 960GB capacity
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Apr 10, 2013, 12:12 AM
Memory and storage purveyor Crucial today announced the availability of the Crucial M500 series of solid state drives (SSD). Featuring terabyte-class capacity, increased response times over previous models, and an advanced feature set, the Crucial M500 2.5-inch SSD is available in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities.

Using Micron's 20nm MLC NAND flash paired with a a SATA 3 controller using with Micron's custom firmware, the new drive series delivers up to 80,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS). The drive's sequential read and write speeds reach up to 500 MB/s and 400 MB/s, respectively.

The drive offers device sleep (DEVSLP), which increases system battery life. This feature enables the drive to draw less than 5 milliwatts of power while the system is in sleep mode -- a 93 percent improvement compared to Crucial's previous-generation drives

The Crucial M500 series of drives is cross-platform compatible with both Windows and OS X systems. The 2.5-inch, 7mm high drive is available for $130, $220, $400, and $600 for the 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities, respectively. M.2 and M-SATA form factors of the new drive are expected over the summer.
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Apr 10, 2013, 09:07 AM
Below $1/GB. That's an important threshold.
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Apr 10, 2013, 05:41 PM
when it hits 50ยข a GB. That's my threshold.
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