CES 2018: Crucial launches next generation MX500 SSD

Credit: Crucial

Crucial has announced the launch of its new Crucial MX500 SSD to kick off this year's CES 2018.

“This next generation MX500 SSD features a stackable 64-layer, 256-gigabit component. Micron’s floating gate NAND is designed with CMOS Under the Array (CUA), which allows us to minimise the footprint of the die. At 59 square millimeters, it’s among the world’s smallest 256-gigabit die,” said Jon Tanguy, Crucial Senior SSD Product Engineer.

“Our engineering team has incorporated this leading-edge NAND technology in an SSD that includes all the advanced features Crucial customers have come to expect to keep their data safe.”

The new drive features second generation Micron 3D NAND technology and, according to Crucial, is about forty-five times more energy-efficient than a typical hard drive. It'll also boast sequential reads/writes up to 560/510 MB/s and random reads/writes up to 95K/90K IOPS.

It'll also include several advanced features, including:

  • Hardware-based encryption to keep personal files and confidential data secure.
  • Dynamic Write Acceleration for faster saves and file transfers.
  • Integrated Power Loss Immunity to avoid unintended data loss when the power unexpectedly goes out.
  • Exclusive Data Defence to prevent files from becoming corrupted and unusable.
  • Redundant Array of Independent NAND to protect data at the component level.

The MX500 will be available in capacities up to 2TB2 in the 2.5-inch form factor and up to 1TB in the M.2 form factor, 

“We’re excited about our next generation of SSD drives and the near-instant performance and lasting reliability that comes with them,” said Jonathan Weech, Crucial Senior SSD Product Manager.

“Users can rest assured that their data, family videos, travel photos, music, and other important documents are stored safely on the MX500.”

The 2.5-inch version of the MX500 is available for immediate purchase at Crucial.com or through their global channel partners, while the MX500 M.2 version will be available in Q1’18.

For the full run-down on everything that happened at this year's CES in Las Vegas, click here.

Disclosure - Our coverage of CES 2018 was sponsored by Intel, Belkin and Alcatel - who collectively covered the cost of our flights and accommodation.

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