Lexar Media preps 2.5-inch solid-state drives

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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    • tempeteduson
    • 12 years ago

    That external storage kit looks exactly like Vantec and Rosewill offerings (though it includes the SSD), and so should be interchangeable. It looks very convenient.

    • albundy
    • 12 years ago

    nice. looks like wd-seagate-hitachi will have some splainin to do when these things hit the affordability factor.

      • ChronoReverse
      • 12 years ago

      Their explaining will probably consist of “Our drives are a lot bigger”

    • Shining Arcanine
    • 12 years ago

    Crucial brand? I thought that Crucial was owned by Micron, which makes its own memory.

      • UberGerbil
      • 12 years ago

      Crucial and Lexar are both subsidiaries of Micron — Crucial is DRAM, Lexar is NAND. Lexar produces NAND for other brands also, most notably Kodak. Evidentally Micron believes Crucial has more brand presence in computing (Lexar is better-known in consumer electronics) so they decided to use the Crucial branding for this product.

    • flip-mode
    • 12 years ago

    Obligatory SSD-RAID comment and subsequent and justifiable chastising by Ubergerbil.

      • UberGerbil
      • 12 years ago

      😉

      (Although cygnus1 in #9 came close)

      You forgot the obligatory “But don’t these things wear out?” post.

    • joneljay
    • 12 years ago

    Wrong tag — this story has nothing to do with software

    • Faiakes
    • 12 years ago

    Apart from price the important question is:

    — PERFROMANCE —

    How will these compare to the MTRONs?

    • AMDguy
    • 12 years ago

    When these drives finally get cheap it will be great to have them in micro DTX boxes. That would be perfect for office PCs, HTPCs, and micro gaming PCs.

      • Firestarter
      • 12 years ago

      you mean about every pc, except maybe the NAS in the closet?

      • Sargent Duck
      • 12 years ago

      Heh, you’re forgetting desktop PC’s. I really really want one of these to put my Windows and games on.

        • DrCR
        • 12 years ago

        Reliability is the key aspect for me though. I would at least consider going with a dual setup for a gaming box. A SSD for OS and saved files, and a standard HD setup for non-critical stuff like game installs.

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 12 years ago

    It all depends on the price…

      • Spotpuff
      • 12 years ago

      Seconded. Until these drives cost less than $15/GB they’re not really going to fly off shelves.

        • cygnus1
        • 12 years ago

        yeah, they need to get down to about $4/GB. i’d pay $250 for a 64GB SSD. these things should be ridiculously fast if they are setup as an interleaved array of some sort.

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