Feeds

Micron embiggens personal SSD for storage-hungry public

Modifies M500 SSD upwards to M550

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Micron has given its M500 personal SSD a kick in the pants upwards with its M550 iteration being faster and holding slightly more data courtesy of a Marvel controller.

The M500 – review here – stored up to 960GB of data; this M550 moves up to a 1TB maximum capacity.

It is made from the same 20nm Micron NAND but replaces the M500’s Marvell 88SS9187 controller with Marvell’s 88SS9189 controller plus whatever Micron firmware changes might have been made seemed to have bumped the performance up.

  • The M550 does up to 95,000 random 4K read IOPS; the M500 doing up to 80,000,
  • M550 does up to 85,000 random write IOPS; the M500 up to 80,000,
  • M550 does up to 550MB/sec sequential read I/O; M500 up to 500MB/sec, and
  • M550 does up to 500MB/sec sequential write I/O; M500 up to 400MB/sec.

That’s a useful increase in speed.

Like the M500, this M550 comes in 2.5-inch SATA 6Gbit/s form factor plus mSATA and M.2 form factors, with M.2 holding up to 512GB.

Micron M550

Micron M550 collection.

The price is nice, being $530.99 for a 1TB drive. The previous M500 was more expensive at $599.00 for a 960GB drive.

Micron-branded product will be for OEMs and is available now. The Crucial-branded 2.5-inch product is available now for consumers, system builders and businesses. Crucial-branded mSATA and M.2 product will be available later this year. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*
More alleged private, nude celeb pics appear online
Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway
Combine Blu-ray and M-DISC and you get this monster
US boffins demo 'twisted radio' mux
OAM takes wireless signals to 32 Gbps
Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp
Mountain View distances itself from lame 'network thingy'
EMC, HP blockbuster 'merger' shocker comes a cropper
Stand down, FTC... you can put your feet up for a bit
Apple flops out 2FA for iCloud in bid to stop future nude selfie leaks
Millions of 4chan users howl with laughter as Cupertino slams stable door
Students playing with impressive racks? Yes, it's cluster comp time
The most comprehensive coverage the world has ever seen. Ever
Run little spreadsheet, run! IBM's Watson is coming to gobble you up
Big Blue's big super's big appetite for big data in big clouds for big analytics
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.