updated 07:40 am EDT, Tue August 5, 2008
Micron RealSSD 256GB
Micron today made a concerted effort to bolster its RealSSD solid-state drives with extremely high-speed but potentially low-priced notebook models. The C200 line is one of Micron's first aimed at home notebook owners and uses the newest generation of multi-level cell (MLC) flash storage to supply speed without sacrificing capacity: every drive can read data as quickly as 250MB per second and write it at 100MB per second, while the conventionally notebook-sized 2.5-inch disk can hold as much as 256GB of data. A 1.8-inch drive for ultraportables holds up to 128GB.
All of the C200 drives connect through Serial ATA. Micron hasn't released prices but expects to ship drives between 32GB and 256GB in size during the fall; they should be available outside of pre-assembled computers and should also translate to Lexar storage devices at the same time.
Micron has also unveiled the RealSSD P200 series, a new line targeted at servers and other enterprise-grade uses where read and write speeds are more important than raw capacity. Storage for the 2.5-inch disks ranges between 16GB and 128GB, but transfer speeds are much higher through the use of single-level cell (SLC) storage that boosts write speeds to the same 250MB per second rate as the read speed. The storage maker also promises a long-lasting drive with about 300,000 to 500,000 hours between failures, or at least 34 years.
The P200 drives also haven't received pricing but should be available at the same time as the C200.