New Micron and Crucial M500 SSDs Offer Affordable, High-Capacity Storage

New Micron and Crucial M500 SSDs Offer Affordable, High-Capacity Storage

New M500 SSD Reaches Terabyte-Class Capacity and Delivers Next-Generation
Feature Set

Key Messages:

  oOffered in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities
  oFirst terabyte-class drive available for under $600
  oUtilizes Micron 20nm MLC NAND flash with a SATA 6Gb/s controller and
    Micron custom firmware
  oIncludes hardware-based encryption, data protection against unexpected
    power loss, and an adaptive thermal monitoring system
  oAvailable in 2.5 inch, mSATA, and M.2 form factors for standard computing
    and next-generation ultrathin devices

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BOISE, Idaho, Jan. 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Micron Technology, Inc.
(Nasdaq:MU) today introduced the M500 solid state drive (SSD), featuring
terabyte-class capacity, new ultra-slim package designs, and increased
response times at a more affordable price point. Available to consumers,
businesses, and system builders under the Crucial^® brand, and to OEM
customers under the Micron^® brand, the new M500 SSD is built start-to-finish
by Micron, providing the quality and reliability that only a NAND flash memory
and SSD manufacturer can provide. Watch this behind-the-scenes video to see
how Micron designs and builds SSDs.

Benefits of Advanced NAND Flash Technology

The M500 SSD utilizes Micron's award-winning, 20-nanometer (nm) multilevel
cell (MLC) NAND flash to achieve terabyte-class capacity and enable a new
level of SSD price competitiveness; the 960GB Crucial M500 SSD will be
initially priced under $600.

Micron's advanced NAND flash technology also provides more storage in a small
footprint. Micron is the first manufacturer to pack nearly half a terabyte of
storage onto an SSD module the size of a stick of gum (80mm x 22mm). This new
form factor, called M.2, along with the mSATA form factor, are key designs for
current and next-generation ultrathin computers, including Ultrabook™ devices,
tablets and convertible PCs. Visit to discover how Micron
SSDs can transform the ultrathin experience.

SSD Performance

Dramatically faster than a hard drive, the M500 SSD enables lightning fast
boot-up, near instant wake from sleep, and fast application loading, creating
a dynamic and engaging computing experience. The M500 SSD uses a SATA 6Gb/s
controller combined with Micron's custom firmware to deliver up to 80,000
input/output operations per second (IOPS). The drive's sequential read and
write speeds reach up to 500 MB/s and 400 MB/s, respectively.^1

"The M500 SSD is a reliable storage solution featuring nearly instantaneous
system response times and terabyte-class capacity—all at a competitive price
point," said Glen Hawk, vice president of Micron's NAND Solutions Group. "For
consumers, the Crucial M500 SSD is an easy, cost-effective solution for
dramatically increasing system performance. For OEMs, we're ultrathin ready
with the Micron M500 SSD—improved response times, lower power consumption, and
trusted reliability —all in a design that's smaller than ever before."

Next-Generation Feature Set

The M500 SSD incorporates extended features important to ultrathin systems,
such as device sleep (DEVSLP), which increases system battery life while
maintaining system responsiveness. This feature enables the drive to draw less
than 5 milliwatts of power while the system is in sleep mode—a 93% power
improvement compared to previous-generation drives.^2

The M500 SSD also incorporates the following specially designed features to
provide users with peace of mind that their data is protected:

  *Hardware encryption technology (TCG Opal 2.0 + IEEE 1667) designed to
    maintain data security in the event of device theft or loss^3
  *Greater thermal management enables the drive to work with the host
    computer to dynamically adjust power consumption based on usage demands,
    helping designers face the challenges of ultra-small, thermally
    constrained systems
  *Expanded power-loss protection and advanced error recovery techniques
    deliver class-leading reliability. Data integrity is protected even during
    unexpected power loss

Compatibility and Availability

The Crucial M500 SSD is backed by a three-year limited warranty and is
compatible with both PC and Mac^® systems^4. The 2.5-inch drive will be
available in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities. The smaller M.2 and
mSATA form factors will be available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities. The
2.5-inch Crucial M500 SSD is expected to be available for purchase in the
first quarter of 2013 through select global channel partners or direct through Micron will sell the M500 SSD direct to OEMs and through
their distribution network. The M.2 and mSATA form factors are expected in the
second quarter of 2013.

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^1 Based on 480GB and 960GB capacities

^2 Comparing Micron 240GB M500 SSD with device sleep to Micron 256GB C400 SSD

^3 When combined with software applications, including Microsoft® BitLocker
with Windows 8 Pro/Enterprise/RT or Wave® Systems' EMBASSY® Trust suite

^4 Micron-branded M500 SSD warranty terms may vary.

About Micron

Micron Technology, Inc. is one of the world's leading providers of advanced
semiconductor solutions. Through its worldwide operations, Micron manufactures
and markets a full range of DRAM, NAND and NOR flash memory, as well as other
innovative memory technologies, packaging solutions and semiconductor systems
for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking, embedded and mobile
products. Micron's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the MU symbol.
To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit

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About the Crucial Brand

Crucial is a global brand of Micron Technology, Inc. Crucial® products include
award-winning solid state drives (SSDs) and DRAM for more than 50,000
desktops, laptops, servers, workstations, and other systems. Crucial products
are available worldwide at leading retail and e-tail stores, commercial
resellers, and system integrators who can be found at
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