Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Micron SSD advances portable computing experience

BOISE, USA: Micron Technology Inc. has announced a next-generation, client-class solid state drive (SSD) that sets a new bar for low-power, high-performance storage for personal computers.

The M600 SATA SSD--specifically designed to take advantage of Micron's leading-edge NAND Flash technology--addresses the storage demands of modern mobile computing applications, including Ultrabook platforms and tablets, as well as performance-oriented PC desktops and video capture systems.

To help meet consumers' ever-increasing expectations for longer battery life, the M600 offers class-leading SSD power efficiency. It draws less than 2 milliwatts (mW) in sleep mode and averages 150mW during active use. Typical laptop hard drives require exponentially more power when idle (130mW) and ten times as much power while they spin their platters to access data during active use (1400mW to 2000mW).

Despite its extraordinarily low power use, the M600 offers strong performance. It can read data as fast as the SATA interface allows--with random reads up to 100,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) and 560 MB/s sequential read speeds for all capacities.

The M600 also excels in write performance due to Micron's innovative dynamic write acceleration. This technology switches NAND cells to behave more like higher-grade Flash (from MLC to SLC) on-the-fly, creating a cache that is sized according to drive demands--instead of sacrificing user capacity for a permanent cache.

The end result reduces power use and improves write performance as much as 2.8 timesiii over non-cached systems, ensuring that even the lower-capacity M600 SSDs deliver excellent write speeds.

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