Available in multiple form factors and up to 1TB in capacity
Micron on Tuesday unveiled its new M550 solid state drive (SSD) family, which is available today to consumers, businesses, and system builders under the company's Crucial brand, and to OEM customers under the Micron name. The M550 is a high-performance line of drives available in a variety of form factors, including 2.5-inch, mSATA, and M.2 with capacities ranging from 64GB all the way up to 1TB.
As you would expect, the new SSDs use Micron's own NAND flash memory and firmware, along with Marvell's 88SS9189 controller. These combine to offer performance of up to 95,000 IOPS, up to 550MB/s sequential reads, and up to 500MB/s sequential writes, depending on the drive model.
In addition to raw speed, Micron says the M550 offers a host of advanced features, including best-in-class hardware encryption, a sleep low-power mode that enables the drives to draw virtually no power in sleep mode yet still respond instantly when a laptop is opened, data protection via onboard power-loss protection and advanced error recovery techniques, adaptive thermal management, and Micron's proprietary RAIN technology that provides built-in fail-over protection at the NAND level.
Pricing for Crucial branded drives (2.5-inch versions) runs $100 for the 128GB model, $169 for 256GB, $337 for 512GB, and $531 for 1TB.