Micron Technology, the well known company whose consumer products are sold under more popular brands like Crucial Technology and Lexar Media, has recently announced a new series of solid-state drives called M500. The new M500 solid-state drives will be available in three different form-factors: the “regular” 2.5 inch drive form-factor, the compact mSATA one and the new subcompact (80 x 25 mm) M.2 form-factor. Regarding capacity of these new SSDs, the 2.5 inch drives will be available with capacity from 120 to 960 GB, while more compact ones will be available with capacity from 120 to 479 GB. Price can be considered one of distinct features of these new solid-state drives, e.g. SSDs with 960 GB of capacity are priced at $600.
The new M500 series of drives do not promise any record-breaking levels of performance, with sequential read and write speeds at 500 and 400 MB/s, respectively, while having 80000 IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second). Among distinct features of these new solid-state drives are their reduced energy consumption, the use of hardware encryption technologies (TCG Opal 2.0 + IEEE 1667) and improved reliability. Regarding availability, the new M500 solid-state drives in 2.5 inch drive form-factor should hit the market during the first quarter of 2013, while mSATA and M.2 drives will land on the store shelves a quarter later.