Those that have been following the SSD industry for a couple of years are likely aware that Micron does not sell retail drives under its own brand (unlike, e.g. Samsung and Intel). Instead Micron has two subsidiaries, Crucial and Lexar, with their sole purpose being the handling of retail sales. The Crucial side handles RAM and SSD sales, whereas Lexar is focused on memory cards and USB flash drives. The Micron crew is left with business to business sales, which consists of OEM sales as well as direct sales to some large corporations. Since the MX100 Micron and Crucial have had separate product planning teams and the M600 is the first Micron-only product to come out of that. Read on to see how the...

Hitachi Releases Ultrastar SSD400S.B: 25nm SLC NAND Is Here

25nm MLC NAND has been in the market for roughly a year now and it is very common in today's consumer SSDs—there are only a few models using 3Xnm...

14 by Kristian Vättö on 2/8/2012

Intel SSD 520 Review: Cherryville Brings Reliability to SandForce

Intel was rumored to be working on a SandForce based drive for several months now, but even the rumors couldn't encapsulate just how long Intel and SF has worked...

139 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/6/2012

Micron CEO Steve Appleton Dies in a Plane Crash

Micron's long time CEO, Steve Appleton, has died in a plane crash at the age of 51 at the Boise Airport on Friday morning. He was reportedly flying a...

10 by Kristian Vättö on 2/4/2012

Samsung Updates the Firmware of SSD 830 Series, Fixes BSOD Issue

This seems to be a month of SSD firmware updates. Less than two weeks ago, Crucial released a firmware update to fix the issue that caused BSODs after 5184...

24 by Kristian Vättö on 1/23/2012

OCZ Releases Firmware Update for Octane, Increases Random Write Performance

OCZ released a firmware update for its Octane SSD series. The update carries a version number 1.13 and OCZ claims substantial random write improvements. To refresh everyone's memory on...

7 by Kristian Vättö on 1/23/2012

TRIM Enabler 2.0 for OS X Lion Released

People are often concerned with the performance of their SSD; is it running as fast as advertised. TRIM is an essential part of keeping your SSD performance up (see...

32 by Kristian Vättö on 1/22/2012

Kingston's SSDNow V+200: More Affordable SandForce

Last year Kingston introduced its HyperX line of SF-2281 based SSDs. HyperX marked the first time SandForce and Kingston ever worked together but the relationship continued. Kingston quietly introduced...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/19/2012

Crucial Provides a Firmware Update for M4 to Fix The BSOD Issue

Last week, we wrote about the BSOD issue that Crucial's M4 SSDs were experiencing. After 5184 hours (yes, that's the specific number) of active use, the SSD started to...

15 by Kristian Vättö on 1/14/2012

Super Talent: Demos PCIe-based RAIDDrive upStream and RAIDDrive II SSDs

It’s a bit sad, really: SATA 6Gbps ony a couple years old and already we’re seeing SSDs push the limits of the interface. While the SATA spec will eventually...

5 by Jarred Walton on 1/12/2012

Some Thoughts on SandForce's 3rd Generation SSD Controller

I spent a few minutes talking to SandForce in between meetings today and got a general idea of what a third generation SF controller might look like. The SandForce...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/12/2012

Corsair Continues to Expand

Corsair has been making a tremendous number of waves over the past year, as announcements made at last year's CES are beginning to come to fruition. They continue to...

9 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/12/2012

Crucial 50GB Adrenaline SSD Cache, Available in Q1

Earlier this week Crucial announced its first SSD caching solution: the Adrenaline SSD. The drive will be available in a single capacity: 50GB with 64GB of 25nm MLC NAND...

15 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/11/2012

Mushkin's 1.8", mSATA & PCIe SF-2281 SSDs at CES

The SSD market is continuing to grow and we're seeing no slowdown in the number of players trying to get in on the action. Mushkin, one of the first...

3 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2012

Patriot SSDs, Flash, and Large Memory Applications

Patriot has been supplying memory products for some time now, and they had the usual assortment of SSDs, RAM, USB, and other Flash products on display in their suite...

4 by Jarred Walton on 1/10/2012

OCZ Scores an Ultrabook Design Win for Everest: LG Super Ultrabook Z300

OCZ is on a roll at CES this year. It just announced LG's Super Ultrabook Z300 will ship with a 256GB mSATA Indilinx Everest based SSD. I'm still trying...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

OCZ Z-Drive R4 CloudServ (RM1616) Features Sixteen SandForce Controllers

The Z-Drive R4 is a PCIe SSD available in 4 and 8-controller versions targeted squarely at the enterprise. Apparently some of OCZ's customers wanted an even beefier version, which...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

OCZ's 4TB 3.5" Chiron SSD

Take four Indilinx Everest controllers, put them behind custom OCZ FPGAs that implement its own VCA (RAID-like) architecture and you've got the Chiron. The complete enclosure provides support for...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

OCZ's Portable Thunderbolt SSD: Lightfoot

I mentioned earlier that we'll be seeing more Thunderbolt devices at CES this year, but what I wasn't expecting was for one of those devices to be made by...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

OCZ's Indilinx Everest 2 Launching in June 2012, Features Vastly Improved Random Performance

OCZ has a lot to show off this year at CES/Storage Visions, but the most exciting product from a client standpoint is its new Everest 2 controller. While the...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G 480GB SSD Upgrade for MacBook Air

OWC released a SandForce SF-2281 based 2011 MacBook Air SSD upgrade earlier this year in 120GB and 240GB capacities (the Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G). Using Hynix 2x-nm NAND...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/8/2012

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