ADATA Technology, a leading producer of high performance DRAM memory and NAND flash devices, is announcing the launch of the Premier SP550 M.2 2280 SATA 6Gb/s solid-state drive (SSD). With the continuing growth of slim laptops and ultrabooks, the M.2 form factor is increasingly becoming the storage medium of choice for these devices due to limited internal chassis space. This is true of both OEM-installed SSDs and user upgrades. ADATA’s Premier SP550 offers high-speed performance, stability and reliability as compared to mechanical 2.5” hard disk drives, making for a powerful yet affordable storage option that is loaded with advanced features and technologies.
The Premier SP550 M.2 2280 weighs a mere 8 grams, and measures 22mm x 80mm x 3.5mm. It utilizes TLC NAND combined with an SMI NAND controller and SLC caching technology. The SLC caching allows the Premier SP550 M.2 2280 to operate in simulated SLC (single-level cell) mode for a performance boost. The Premier SP550 M.2 2280 also includes a DRAM buffer, where the SSD uses system RAM as a temporary, ultra-fast cache, which enhances read and write performance as compared to DRAM-less SSDs.
ADATA is offering the Premier SP550 M.2 2280 in capacities of 120GB, 240GB and 480GB. Sequential read speeds are stated as up to 560MB/s, with sequential write speeds of up to 510MB/s. Random 4K read speeds are stated as up to 75,000 IOPS. Mean time between failures (MTBF) is stated as 1,500,000 hours, and ADATA is backing the Premier SP550 M.2 2280 with a three-year limited warranty.
To improve data integrity and operational stability, the Premier SP550 M.2 2280 is equipped with data shaping and RAID engine technologies, which helps extend the lifespan of the drive. It also supports LDPC (low density parity check) error correction technology, which reduces errors, improves transfer quality and increases data integrity; as well as DEVSLP (device sleep) mode to reduce power consumption and prolong battery life, which is increasingly important for portable computing devices.
As with every ADATA SSD, the purchase of a Premier SP550 M.2 2280 SSD includes a free download of the ADATA SSD Toolbox software suite for monitoring and managing drive status, wear level and lifespan of your SSD. Also included is a free download of migration software to facilitate transferring your operating system and data from your old drive to your new ADATA SSD, as well as backup routines. You can view the Premier SP550 M.2 2280 SSD product page here; and the ADATA press release announcing it in its entirety here.