Micron and Crucial launch new SSD

News Feb 7, 2013

M500 SSD reaches terabyte-class capacity (almost)

Memory makers Micron and Crucial have launched their latest solid-state drive, the M500.

Available in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities, the M500 SSD promises to be the first terabyte-class drive available for under £450. The eagle-eyed among you will have noted that it doesn’t quite reach a terabyte, in fact, but never mind. The drive, which will be sold to system builders and consumers under the Crucial brand (OEM partners will get the Micron brand), is available in 2.5”, mSATA and a new form factor M.2, which is said to be about the size of a stick of gum, so these SSDs are suited for thin ultrabooks and tablets.

The drive is “dramatically” faster than a hard drive, delivering up to 80,000 input/output operations per second, with sequential read and write speeds reaching up to 500MB/s and 400MB/s respectively.

You should be able to buy the 2.5” version through www.crucial.com/uk some time soon, with the smaller capacities coming out in the second quarter of the year.