Linguistic confusion aside, I'm sure you'll agree with me: the more the merrier...
Micron (not to be confused with Mtron) is the latest company to throw its hat into the solid state hard drive (SSD) market with a 'RealSSD' range of 32GB and 64GB models.
Like the latest offerings from Samsung these are welcome additions too since they come with SATA II (3Gbps) connections rather than the older and slower PATA inputs which strangely swamped early models.
As for the form factors they are primarily notebook focused with the 32GB version coming in 1.8in and 2.5in variants and the larger 64GBer limited to 2.5in only. Without stating actual figures Micron said it expects the range to weigh less than half the weight of their moving parts equivalents while consuming a mere two watts of power while active.
"SSDs are becoming the new storage medium, fundamentally altering the way data is stored," said Dean Klein, Micron VP of Memory System Development. "The storage market is ripe for innovation, and it's an opportunity Micron is embracing given our expertise in NAND. We know how to manage NAND flash to work best with controllers, allowing us to develop an optimized SSD solution for every application."
The RealSSD line will launch in Q1 next year and with Micron owning mass market consumer companies Lexar and Crucial, hope springs eternal that these might be the first mainstream SSD releases.
Pricing? Don't be silly...