3D NAND SSDs from Micron ease rising computing workloads

Article By : Micron Technology

The Micron 1100 SATA and Micron 2100 PCIe NVMe claim to provide the security, performance, endurance, efficiency and capacity that IT administrators, OEMs and power users require.

Micron Technology has announced a couple of solid state drive (SSD) product lines that aim to address increasing client computing workloads from web browsing and email, to video editing and auto CAD design. According to the company, the Micron 1100 SATA and Micron 2100 PCIe NVMe deliver instantaneous load times enabled by flash storage. The 3D NAND flash SSDs claim to provide the security, performance, endurance, efficiency and capacity that IT administrators, OEMs and power users require, added the company.

The Micron 1100 and 2100 SSD product families are geared to tackle the storage demands of today's most challenging client computing platforms, including Ultrabook and tablets as well as performance-oriented PC desktops and workstations.

Micron said the solutions maximize efficiency by slashing power consumption to deliver deep energy savings for notebooks and desktops alike, extending device battery life and user productivity. In addition, dynamic write acceleration has been optimised for common client computing environments, where data writing operations tend to occur in bursts, offering the increased performance without decreasing user capacity.

The Micron 1100 and 2100 SSDs deliver top-of-the line solid secure features, by placing parameters at the core to protect user data, Micron stated. Moreover, each Micron SSD is carefully designed for an intended workload, meeting the necessary endurance and reliability specifications required. With Micron's Storage Executive software, a simple interface enables users to proactively monitor drive health and perform firmware updates. Additionally, the ‘sanitise’ feature allows users to easily erase, repurpose and retire an SSD, the company continued.

The Micron 1100 SSD, which the company says is its most cost-competitive SATA SSD, is able to take power to the min and capacity to the max. With a maximum capacity of up to 2Tbytes of flash storage, the SSD is geared for mainstream computing applications, providing users with nearly instant data access, supremely fast system boot times and program load speeds that can happen in the blink of an eye, all while being incredibly silent and extremely power-efficient to extend mobile device battery life. When compared to an HDD, the Micron 1100 SSD is up to 900 times faster for random operations while increasing battery life with low power states that are up to 98% more efficient, stated the company.

The Micron 2100 SSD transcends to the next dimension of storage with lower latency and unbridled performance for demanding client workloads, such as video creation and editing, online streaming and high-end gaming, according to the company. The Micron 2100 SSD enables high-end client computing with simple plug and play capability. Providing four times the bandwidth of standard SATA SSDs, the Micron 2100 SSD reduces data lag and bottlenecks by allowing massive volumes of data to be processed simultaneously. By leveraging the low latency NVMe protocol, the Micron 2100 SSD is able to deliver 1900X faster read performance while reducing response times by 98%, configured running client standard implementations, when compared to HDDs, noted Micron.

The SSDs are sampling with key OEMs. The 1100 SSD is expected to begin production in July with the 2100 SSD expected to follow in summer of 2016.

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