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December 1, 2009

Micron releases RealSSD C300 drive

Claims to provide read speeds of up to 355MB/s and write speeds of up to 215MB/s

By CBR Staff Writer

Micron Technology has unveiled RealSSD C300 SSD, which it claims to enable faster operating system (OS) boot and hibernate times, and speedier application load, data transfer and file copying.

The company claims that benchmark tests have shown that the C300 SSD to be the fastest PC SSD leveraging the SATA 3Gb/s interface, the SSD performance supports the high-speed interface – SATA 6Gb/s.

The 6Gb/s enables data path between the host computer and the SSD is twice as fast as the previous SATA 3Gb/s interface and the C300 SSD leverages the SATA 6Gb/s interface to achieve a read throughput speed of up to 355MB/s and a write throughput speed of up to 215MB/s. Using the common PC Mark Vantage scoring system, the C300 SSD turns in a score of 45,000 from the HDD Suite, the company said.

The 34nm MLC NAND supports the high-speed ONFI 2.1 standard to keep the NAND performance pace with the SATA 6Gb/s interface. The drives will be available in 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch form factors, with both drives supporting 128GB and 256GB capacities.

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Dean Klein, vice president of memory system development at Micron, said: “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. Hard drives gain little performance advantage when using SATA 6Gb/s because of mechanical limitations.”

Micron is currently sampling the C300 SSD in limited quantities and expects to enter production in the first quarter of calendar 2010.

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