Crucial M500 SSD Now Available

Crucial M500 SSD Now Available

New Drive Delivers Terabyte-Class Capacity, Faster Speeds, and Advanced
Feature Set

BOISE, Idaho and GLASGOW, United Kingdom, April 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, today
announced the immediate availability of the Crucial® M500 solid state drive
(SSD). Featuring terabyte-class capacity, increased response times, and an
advanced feature set, the Crucial M500 SSD is available now through select
global channel partners and at The 2.5-inch drives are
available in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities with MSRPs of $129.99,
$219.99, $399.99, and $599.99, respectively.

Dramatically faster than a hard drive, the Crucial M500 SSD enables users to
boot up their systems almost instantaneously, provides ample storage and
powerful data transfer speeds, and easily addresses the multitasking demands
of today's applications. Using Micron's 20nm MLC NAND flash, 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 Crucial M500 SSD incorporates features important for data protection and
reliability, such as hardware-based encryption that meets TCG Opal 2.0 and
IEEE 1667 standards (TCG Opal 2.0 + IEEE 1667) when combined with appropriate
software^2, thermal management technology, protection against unexpected
power-loss, and advanced error recovery techniques. In addition, the drive
offers 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 Crucial's previous-generation drives.^3

"We designed the Crucial M500 to meet the reliability and performance
expectations of today's systems, and are thrilled to offer the first
terabyte-class. SSD for under $600," said Robert Wheadon, senior worldwide
product manager, Crucial. "The Crucial M500 is equipped with an impressive new
set of features, making it a multifaceted solution for today and tomorrow."

Leveraging the industry-leading memory, design, and manufacturing capability
of Micron Technology, the Crucial M500 is compatible with both PC and Mac^®
systems, and is backed by a limited three-year warranty. The 2.5 form factor
is available in 7mm height and comes with a 9.5mm bracket. M.2 form factors
are expected to be available in the second quarter of 2013.

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About Crucial

Crucial is a global brand of Micron Consumer Products Group, a division of a
subsidiary of Micron Technology, Inc., one of the largest memory manufacturers
in the world. Crucial® products include award-winning solid state drives (SSD)
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 For more information or support, visit

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, visit

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change without notice. Crucial and the Crucial logo are trademarks or
registered trademarks of Micron Technology, Inc. All other brand or product
names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

^1Based on 480GB and 960GB capacities.

^2When combined with software applications, including Microsoft® BitLocker
with Windows 8 Pro/Enterprise/RT or Wave® Systems' EMBASSY® Trust suite

^3Comparing Micron and Crucial 240GB M500 SSD with device sleep to Micron and
Crucial 256GB C400/m4SSD

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