Wednesday, 10 January 2018 08:30

Crucial claims new SSD highly energy-efficient

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Crucial has released a new SSD at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and claims the new device, dubbed the MX500, is 45 times more energy efficient than a traditional hard drive.

The MX500 features second-generation Micron 3D NAND technology and is available as 2TB units in the 2.5-inch form factor and up to 1TB in the M.2 form factor.

It is claimed to have sequential reads/writes up to 560/510 MB/s and random reads/writes up to 95K/90K IOPS and has a five-year limited warranty.

“This next generation MX500 SSD features a stackable 64-layer, 256-gigabit component. Micron's floating gate NAND is designed with CMOS Under the Array, which allows us to minimise the footprint of the die. At 59 square millimetres, it’s among the world’s smallest 256-gigabit die,” said Jon Tanguy, Crucial senior SSD product engineer.

"Our engineering team has incorporated this NAND technology in an SSD that includes all the advanced features Crucial customers have come to expect to keep their data safe.”

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Crucial will provide data migration and cloning software with each drive. Additionally, an install guide provides directions for the entire process.

“We’re excited about our next generation of SSD drives and the near-instant performance and lasting reliability that comes with them,” said Jonathan Weech, Crucial senior SSD product manager.

“Users can rest assured that their data, family videos, travel photos, music, and other important documents are stored safely on the MX500.”

Crucial claims the following advanced features in the MX500 line:

  • Dynamic write acceleration for faster saves and file transfers;
  • Hardware-based encryption to keep personal files and confidential data secure;
  • Integrated power loss immunity to avoid unintended data loss during unexpected outages;
  • Exclusive data defence to prevent files from becoming corrupted and unusable; and
  • Redundant array of independent NAND to protect data at the component level.

The 2.5-inch version can be bought right away while the M2 version will be available later during the first quarter of 2018. No RRP has been provided as yet.

A Crucial spokesperson said: "We are still waiting on the RRP and, if all goes to plan, the Q1 2018 availability for the M2 will also hold good for Australia." 

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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