The drive is able to reach a sustained sequential read
speed of 355 MB/s, and a sustained sequential write speed of 215
MB/s. It is also much faster than Intel's
160GB X25-M as seen in the attached graphs. Testing was conducted
by Calypso Systems, an independent third party tester, and shown to
at Storage Visions.
“The C300 SSD not only delivers on all the inherent advantages
of SSDs – improved reliability and lower power use – but also
leverages a finely tuned architecture and high-speed ONFI 2.1 NAND to
provide a whole new level of performance,” said Dean Klein, Vice
President of Memory System Development for Micron in December.
Many consumers have heard of Lexar Media, the consumer
branch of Micron Technology which includes Crucial branded
products. Crucial will be the first to launch the new SSD, branding
it the Crucial RealSSD C300. It will start to ship to the channel in
late January, and will be available for sale in early February.
“We’ve had tremendous response from the industry since we
introduced the Micron RealSSD C300 drive in early December, and we’re
eager to get it into the hands of consumers,” said Justin Sykes,
Micron's Director of SSD marketing. “With its award-winning service
and support, and global reputation for excellence, Crucial is the
ideal brand to deliver our latest RealSSD consumer drive.”
RealSSD C300 will be available in 128 and 256GB capacities, and will
be packaged in the standard 2.5-inch form factor. A
five-year limited warranty will be standard. Crucial is also
considering bundling the drive with cloning software for those who
wish to transfer their files and settings, and a desktop bundle may
include a mounting bracket.
"The Crucial RealSSD C300
drive is the fastest drive we’ve tested to date," said Robert
Wheadon, Lexar Media's senior worldwide SSD product manager. “The
big 'wow' factor for consumers is a marked improvement in boot-up
times – the Crucial RealSSD C300 drive is blazing fast, like no
other SSD we’ve ever seen in the Crucial Performance Lab.”
While Crucial will focus on consumer sales, Micron itself
will focus on the tough OEM SSD market currently dominated by
Samsung, Toshiba, and Intel. OEM sales will focus on both 1.8-inch
and 2.5-inch models for notebooks and netbooks, but the embedded
market is also an option. Micron expects that its newest SSDs will
available as option in computers by the time the busy back-to-school
shopping season swings around.