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Lexar to ship Crucial-brand 32GB, 64GB solid state drives in February  
Wednesday, January 2, 2008 | by Rob Galbraith
Lexar today has announced 32GB and 64GB solid state drives (SSDs) for use as laptop hard drive replacements or in any external enclosure that accepts 2.5-inch SATA mechanisms. Because they use flash memory in place of spinning platters, SSDs are promised to be "more durable, require less power, and offer greater overall system performance than traditional hard disk drives." Both capacities are spec'd to deliver up to 100MB/second read speeds and 60MB/second write speeds (Lexar plans to release more benchmark information towards the end of January 2008).
 
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Strong, Silent Type: Lexar's 64GB Crucial SSD (Photo courtesy Lexar)
 
Lexar's 32GB and 64GB models will be sold under the Crucial brand name and are expected to ship in early February 2008. The 32GB model has a manufacturer's suggested list price (MSRP) of US$799.99 in the U.S., while the 64GB model has a MSRP of US$1499.99 in the U.S.
 
The company has also announced the Crucial SK01 External Drive Storage Kit, a package comprised of a 2.5-inch USB 2.0 external enclosure, 3.5-inch SATA 3.0Gb/second hot-swappable drive bay and a 5.25-inch drive bay bracket.
 
More information on Crucial SSD is on this product page, a PDF and in the press release below.
 

Press Release

Lexar Media Announces Crucial™ Solid State Drive (SSD) Product Line
Industry-leading native SATA 3.0Gb/s interface and unique customer tools differentiate Crucial SSDs
 
Fremont, CA, January 2, 2007 – Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today announced its line of Crucial solid state drives (SSD). Crucial SSDs are more durable, require less power, and offer greater overall system performance than traditional hard disk drives. The SSDs will be available in capacities of 32GB and 64GB in an industry standard 2.5-inch drive enclosure with an industry-leading native SATA 3.0Gb/s interface. Additionally, Lexar Media will offer the Crucial SK01 external drive kit and various online customer tools—including the Crucial SSD Advisor tool, the only tool of its kind on the market today—available at www.crucial.com/ssd or www.crucial.com/uk/ssd. Product availability is expected in Q1 2008.

“Crucial is known for enabling everyday consumers to take advantage of cutting-edge technology,” said Terrence Groth, Lexar Media’s worldwide product marketing manager. “Crucial offers user-friendly online compatibility and educational tools, as well as an external drive kit that allows users to install the SSD in their desktop system or use it as a portable storage device.”
Crucial SSDs have no spin-up time, seek time, or rotational latency, resulting in faster system boot times and application load times. Other user benefits include:
  • Low power consumption – Less than 2W active power
  • Rugged – Resistant to high levels of shock (1,500G/0.5msec) and vibration (20G (20-2000Hz)
  • Reliable – 2 million MTBF
  • Low latency – Access time less than 1ms
  • Light weight – 82g
  • Silent operation – Operating sound of 0 bels
  • Runs cool – No moving parts to create excess heat
  • Versatile – Hot Swappable design
  • 5-year limited warranty

External Storage Kit
Lexar Media is also announcing the Crucial SK01 External Drive Storage Kit (sold separately), a device that delivers the benefits of SSD technology to a user’s desktop and beyond. The innovative SK01 kit will allow users to enjoy SSD technology installed in their desktop or as a portable storage device via a USB port. The kit includes a 2.5-inch USB 2.0 external enclosure, 3.5-inch SATA 3.0Gb/s hot-swappable drive bay, and a 5.25-inch drive bay bracket. The Crucial SK01 comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
In hot-swap capable systems, the SSD can be removed from a desktop drive bay without the need to power down the computer—a feature that allows for immediate, portable data security.

 
Online Tools
Crucial offers many free customer tools on its Web site at www.crucial.com/ssd or www.crucial.com/uk/ssd. The Crucial SSD Advisor allows customers to find a compatible SSD by choosing their system make and model from a drop-down menu. Crucial also offers an online flash-based installation guide showing how easy it is to install an SSD.
 
About Lexar Media
Lexar Media is a leading marketer and manufacturer of NAND flash and DRAM memory products under the Lexar and Crucial brand names. Lexar Media also sells flash memory products under the Kodak brand. For more information about Lexar Media, visit www.lexar.com. For more information about Crucial products, visit www.crucial.com, www.crucial.com/uk or www.crucial.com/eu. Lexar Media, Inc. is a subsidiary of Micron Technology, Inc., and Lexar Media is a division of Micron Europe Limited, a division of Micron Semiconductor Asia Pte. Ltd., and a division of Micron Japan, Ltd.
 
About Micron Technology, Inc.
Micron Technology, Inc., is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions. Through its worldwide operations, Micron manufactures and markets DRAMs, NAND flash memory, CMOS image sensors, other semiconductor components, and memory modules for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking and mobile products. Micron's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the MU symbol. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit www.micron.com.
 
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