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CES 2018 - Crucial launches MX500 SDD

By Darren Price
Thu 11 Jan 2018
FYI, this story is more than a year old

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, memory gurus, Crucial, have launched their MX500 solid-state drive.

The new drives feature second-generation Micron 3D NAND technology are apparently 45 times more energy efficient than a typical hard drive. The drives are available in capacities of up 2TB in the 2.5-inch and up to 1TB in the M.2 form factor. Crucial states that the MX500 has sequential reads/writes up to 560/510 MB/s and random reads/writes up to 95K/90K IOPS.

“This next generation MX500 SSD features a stackable 64-layer, 256-gigabit component. Micron’s floating gate NAND is designed with CMOS Under the Array (CUA), which allows us to minimise the footprint of the die. At 59 square millimetres, it’s among the world’s smallest 256-gigabit die,” said Jon Tanguy, Crucial Senior SSD Product Engineer. “Our engineering team has incorporated this leading-edge NAND technology in an SSD that includes all the advanced features Crucial customers have come to expect to keep their data safe.”

Crucial also directly addresses two of the scariest issues for first-time SSD buyers: moving files and installation. Upgrading from a traditional hard drive is easy with the MX500 thanks to the data migration and cloning software included with each drive. And the Crucial SSD Install Guide helps new installers with directions for every step of the process.

“We’re excited about our next generation of SSD drives and the near-instant performance and lasting reliability that comes with them,” said Jonathan Weech, Crucial Senior SSD Product Manager. “Users can rest assured that their data, family videos, travel photos, music, and other important documents are stored safely on the MX500.”

The MX500’s features include:

●      Dynamic Write Acceleration for faster saves and file transfers.

●      Hardware-based encryption to keep personal files and confidential data secure.

●      Integrated Power Loss Immunity to avoid unintended data loss when the power unexpectedly goes out.

●      Exclusive Data Defence to prevent files from becoming corrupted and unusable.

●      Redundant Array of Independent NAND to protect data at the component level.

The MX500 is backed by a five-year limited warranty3 and supported by the Crucial Storage Executive software tool. The 2.5-inch version of the MX500 is available for immediate purchase at Crucial.com or through their global channel partners, while the MX500 M.2 version will be available in Q1’18.

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