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Micron develops stick of gum-sized 480GB SSD for Ultrabooks

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    Dec 20, 2011
    Micron and Crucial have launched a brand new range of SSDs this week carrying the name M500. Both companies are boasting of the M500 being the first terabyte-class drive (960GB) with a price tag below $600, but this new SSD has some other features worth mentioning, too.

    You’ll typically pay between $350 and $500 for a 512GB SSD at the moment, so a 960GB drive for under $600 is certainly a step forward in bringing costs down. It’s still a lot of cash to invest in storage, though.

    The M500 will be available in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB models as well as the new near-terabyte drive, and they all take advantage of Micron’s 20nm MLC NAND flash and SATA 6Gb/s controller. You’ve also got a choice of two form factors: the 2.5-inch mSATA and M.2, meaning they are suited to use in very thin devices such as Ultrabooks and tablets. But it’s worth noting the M.2 form factor only seems to support up to 480GB.

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