Lexar announces Crucial SSDs

By Justin Mann on January 2, 2008, 2:03 PM
Lexar Media announced today the expansion of the Crucial line of products to include solid state disks. This marks the first step for Crucial into the SSD world, with Lexar pitching them as more reliable than traditional drives. They aren't announcing anything we didn't see last year, with their first drives being available in 32GB and 64GB capacities. The drives are expected to be available early this year.

The advent of SSD units marks a shift in the fundamental technology behind mass storage on desktop and laptop computers, which could also mark a change in the companies manufacturing them. Now, companies which formerly had no say or play in the hard drive market suddenly have a technology available to them that gives them an advantage. It is interesting to watch, and it is interesting to see companies never before in the hard drive market suddenly announcing hard drive products.

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Fremont, CA, January 2, 2008 – 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 ToolsCrucial 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 MediaLexar 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.
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