Memory and Storage

Micron unveils client SSD using NAND over 200 layers

07 December 2022

U.S. semiconductor memory firm Micron Technology Inc. has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first client solid state drive (SSD) to ship using NAND over 200 layers.

Called the 2550 NVMe SSD, the drive can be used in mainstream laptops and desktops with a low power consumption needed to extend battery life at work or at home.

The SSD includes predictive cache optimization, allowing it to improve response times including:

  • 112% faster transferring of files
  • 67% faster running of office productivity applications
  • 57% faster loads of games
  • 78% faster running of content creation applications

Additionally, the SSD has a read performance of up to 5 gigabytes per second with a sequential write performance of up to 4 gigabytes per second — 43% and 33% faster than Micron’s previous SSD generation, respectively.

Micron said the power savings is achieved through optimization of entry and exit of the self-initiated energy saving states as well as the advanced process node for the control and elimination of DRAM via host memory buffer (HMB) technology.

This results in a battery-sipping sleep power consumption of under 2.5 milliwatts, active idle power consumption under 150 milliwatts and active power consumption below 5.5 watts.

The SSD is available in 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB capacities.

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