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Micron Launches Affordable 256GB SSD

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Micron Launches Affordable 256GB SSD

There hasn't quite been the avalanche of cheap, high speed, large capacity SSDs expected since OCZ's Core Series stunned us in July with only Ridata capturing the imagination so it's good to see Micron getting in on the act...

This week it has added to the C200 product line the terrifyingly coded 'MTFDBAC256MAE-1C1' and 'MTFDBAA128MAE-1C1' but given they offer 2.5in 256GB and 1.8in 128GB form factors and storage sizes respectfully we won't complain. Both drives are MLC (multi-level cell) based too so while prices weren't mentioned the promise is they will be extremely affordable.

Just like the vastly more wallet friendly offerings from OCZ and Ridata, Micron's new high capacity duo are no slouches either boasting remarkable 250MBps (megabytes per second) read and 100 MBps write times placing them way ahead of the average laptop HDD. Sadly access times were not revealed but expect them to be just as staggering as 99.9 per cent of all other SSDs.

At the same time servers will be getting a boost from the P200 series - a 2.5in SSD line with capacities starting at just 16GB and topping out at 128GB. Again prices were not disclosed but since they are based on the staggeringly more expensive SLC (single-level cell) technology be prepared for a shock. Still they won't be found wanting in terms of reliability. Micronclaims you should get between 300,000 and 500,000 hours MTBF (mean time before failure) which equates to a minimum of 35 years!

Engineering samples of both the new C200 and P200 drives are available now with mass production set to begin in the autumn so - fingers crossed - we won't have to wait long...

Link:

256GB 2.5in Product Page

128GB 1.8in Product Page

BMaz

August 6, 2008, 8:14 am

How can you say it's affordable when no price is provided?


Are you a company spokesperson?

Greg 2

August 6, 2008, 1:02 pm

I second BMaz's comment, if it's affordable then can you please tell us the price?

MadMacs

August 6, 2008, 2:01 pm

oooooo yes, I'm a big fan of cheap SSD goodness! I missed out on the first batch of OCZ 128GB SSD's @ Play.com, and so I've been waiting for other manufacturers to follow suit, and here we are! I reckon a price tag of &#163549 (or cheaper!) for the 256GB'er if they really want to strike the chord that OCZ hit with their offering. And how about &#163299 for the 128GB'er? And straight from the TR phrasebook - "Your move Micron"

Gordon394

August 6, 2008, 3:22 pm

@Greg & BMaz - because I know something I can't write yet ;)


Have a little faith fellas!

Beth

August 6, 2008, 11:06 pm

Gordon, Micron is not Mtron. These SSDs are from Micron.

Gordon394

August 7, 2008, 3:44 am

@Beth - thanks, by the title alone I think you'll be able to spot that was a typo ;)





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MadMacs

August 8, 2008, 5:20 pm

C'mon Gordon spill the beans mate, I'm snapping at the bit here for some solid state joy! :)

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