Lexar Media preps 2.5-inch solid-state drives


— 11:41 PM on January 2, 2008

More widely known under the discrete Crucial and Lexar brands, Lexar Media is reputed for its memory products, be they RAM upgrades or SD cards. The firm is now about to introduce a new line of solid-state drives based on the same 2.5" form factor as most notebook hard drives. The new SSDs will bear the Crucial brand, and they're scheduled to become available some time this quarter.

Lexar Media says Crucial SSDs will have capacities of 32GB and 64GB and hook into users' machines via 300MB/s Serial ATA interfaces. The drives will consume less than 2W of power, bear a two-million-hour mean time between failures rating, weight just 82 g (2.9 ounces), and be covered by a five-year warranty.

To go with the SSDs, Lexar Media also plans to introduce the Crucial SK01 External Drive Storage Kit, which will house one of the drives and give users a variety of connectivity options. The SK01 will slip into 3.5" and 5.25" drive bays and connect via a SATA or USB interface.

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