Micron is announcing its newest NVMe SSD offerings for client storage needs. Their new 2550-Series of NVMe SSDs utilize an NVMe 1.4 PCIe Gen4 interface to deliver sequential read speeds of up to 5,000 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 4,000 MB/s. These are the world’s first SSDs that feature Micron’s latest 232-layer NAND, which helps enable faster and more responsive performance in mainstream PC usage, including for gaming, consumer, and business-based client devices. Micron innovations that now include predictive cache optimization improve the user experience, and best other competitors in PCMark 10 benchmarks.
Micron’s 232-layer NAND utilizes the world’s first six-plane production NAND, which is the most planes per die of any NAND flash available. When it is combined with independent wordlines on each of the six planes, sequential performance is improved compared to previous NAND generations. The enhanced read-concurrency in the NAND simultaneously executes multiple data reads, resulting in higher performance.
Micron is offering the new 2550-Series in 3 form factors and 3 densities; available in M.2 x 2230, M.2 x 2242 and M.2 x 2280 iterations, with capacities of 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. The 256GB version attains sequential read performance of up to 4500 MB/s, and sequential write speeds of up to 2000 MB/s.
The 512GB and 1TB versions attain sequential read speeds of up to 5000 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 4000 MB/s. All Micron SSDs come with the Micron Storage Executive management tool’s suite of software.
Other Micron advances produce longer battery life for daily computing requirements: the optimization of entry and exit into self-initiated energy-saving states, utilizing an advanced process node for the controller and utilizing HBM technology to eliminate DRAM all produce power savings. This leads to battery-sipping sleep power consumption of under 2.5 mw, active idle power consumption of under 150mw, and active power consumption of less than 5.5 watts.
Micron has engineered the new 2550-Series of NVMe SSDs to meet the regimented and rigorous power-saving requirements of both Intel’s Modern Standby Partner Platform Component List and Open Labs’ SSD test requirements of Intel’s Project Athena; which both adhere to very stringent power-efficiency standards. Low power-consumption leads to dramatically extended compute time.
Micron anticipates that the 256GB version(s) of their new 2550-Series of NVMe 1.4 PCIe gen4 SSDs will be available mid-2023. For more information, you can view the 2550-Series product page here. More information about Micron’s 232-layer NAND can be found here.