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Dennis Hissink : December 4th 2009 - 13:55 CET
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MicronRealSSD C300 fastest Micron SSD drive : Micron Technology introduced the RealSSD C300 solid-state drive (SSD), the fastest Micron SSD for notebook and desktop personal computers (PCs). The Micron RealSSD C300 drive is the first to leverage the SATA 6Gb/s interface, providing read speeds of up to 355 megabytes per second (MB/s) and write speeds of up to 215MB/s. The RealSSD C300 drive is the first to use ONFI 2.1 high-speed synchronous NAND. Leveraging Micron’s industry-leading 34-nanometer (nm) multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory, Micron’s RealSSD C300 drive - available in 128 gigabyte (GB) and 256GB capacities - is now sampling in limited quantities. The Micron SSD drives will be available in 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch form factors.

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Improved reliability and lower power with Micron SSD
Micron’s new RealSSD C300 drive enables users to enjoy a more powerful and responsive computing experience - including faster operating system (OS) boot and hibernate times, and speedier application load, data transfer and file copying. “The Micron SSD C300 not only delivers on all the inherent advantages of SSDs - improved reliability and lower power use - but also leverages a finely tuned architecture and high-speed ONFI 2.1 NAND to provide a whole new level of performance,” said Dean Klein, vice president of memory system development at Micron.

Twice as fast data transfers with Micron SSD C300 drive
Native support of SATA 6Gb/s means that the data path between the host computer and the SSD is twice as fast as the previous SATA 3Gb/s interface. While some drive architectures require a trade-off between throughput-sensitive and IOPS (Input/Output Per Second)-sensitive data streams, Micron’s core design and higher speed interface provides advantages for both. The Micron C300 SSD leverages the SATA 6Gb/s interface to achieve a read throughput speed of up to 355MB/s and a write throughput speed of up to 215MB/s. Using the common PC Mark Vantage scoring system, the C300 SSD turns in a score of 45,000 from the HDD Suite.

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Benchmark test of the Micro SSD drive show fastest performance
While benchmark tests have shown that the C300 SSD is the fastest PC SSD leveraging the industry standard SATA 3Gb/s interface, the SSD performance is further boosted by natively supporting the next generation high-speed interface - SATA 6Gb/s.

Micron RealSSD C300 drive uses advantage of SATA 6Gb/s
“Hard drives gain little performance advantage when using SATA 6Gb/s because of mechanical limitations,” said Klein. “As a developer of leading-edge NAND technology, along with our sophisticated controller and firmware innovations, Micron is well positioned to tune our drives to take full advantage of the faster speeds achieved using the SATA 6Gb/s interface. The combination of these technology advancements has enabled the Micron RealSSD C300 drive to far outshine the competition.”

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Availability of Micron SSD drives
The RealSSD C300 drive leverages Micron’s established 34nm MLC NAND flash memory, allowing the company to provide a cost-competitive, high-capacity SSD solution. Bringing another first to SSDs, Micron’s 34nm MLC NAND supports the high-speed ONFI 2.1 standard, ensuring the NAND performance keeps pace with the faster SATA 6Gb/s interface. The Micron SSD drives will be available in 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch form factors, with both drives supporting 128GB and 256GB capacities. Micron is currently sampling the C300 SSD in limited quantities and expects to enter production in the first quarter of calendar 2010.
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