Micron Technology has introduced their terabyte-class solid-state drive for under $600. The 2.5-inch 960GB Crucial M500 SSD will be initially priced under $600. The drives are available in three form factors, 2.5-inch and the ultrathin mSATA and M.2.
Micron’s advanced NAND flash technology shrinks an SSD module to the size of a stick of gum. As storage technology continues to improve, parts become smaller and smaller. Just this week Kingston had unveiled a 1TB flash drive.
The M500 SSD uses a SATA 6Gb/s controller for up to 80,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS). As such it is capable of sequential read and write speeds of up to 500 MB/s and 400 MB/s, respectively.
The Crucial M500 SSD 2.5-inch is available in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities. The smaller ultrathin M.2 and mSATA are available in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities. The 2.5-inch models will be available in the first quarter of 2013 while the smaller M.2 and mSATA will be available in the second quarter.