Micron releases OEM-geared 1100 and 2100 series SSDs

Micron is adding a couple new series to its lineup of OEM-focused SSDs, which the company sells under its own name (rather than the Crucial brand we are accustomed to). The company is releasing an array of new SATA SSDs, and announcing an as-yet-unreleased NVMe SSD. The new lineup of SATA SSDs is called the 1100 series, and the NVMe line is called the 2100. 

Capacity (1100 Series) 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
Sequential read (MB/s) 530 530 530 530
Sequential write (MB/s) 500 500 500 500
Random read (IOPS) 55k 92k 92k 92k
Random write (IOPS) 83k 83k 83k 83k

The 1100 series drives come in capacities ranging from 256GB to 2TB, and have quite respectable performance, at least according to the company's figures. These drives will be available in 2.5" SATA and M.2 form factors. The M.2 model's performance will still be limited by the SATA protocol, though, and these drives will only scale up to 1TB, likely due to form-factor space constraints.

Information about the NVMe-based 2100 series is pretty limited, as Micron reports it's still finalizing specs for the drive. We know it'll be PCIe NVMe, and Micron has shown off pictures of the drive in an M.2 form factor. Since the 1100 series are limited to 1TB in M.2, it is possible that the 2100 series will also top out at 1TB. Both the 2100 and 1100 lines will be kitted with Micron's own TLC 3D NAND, a design decision the company says is critical to getting 2TB of flash in a 2.5" form factor.

Micron uses its own name for enterprise and OEM SSDs, and the Crucial name for direct-to-consumer devices. These aren't the first instance of Micron-branded OEM SSDs, either. Back in 2014 the company released the M600, a drive we had the opportunity to put through the wringer. According to AnandTech, the 1100s will start shipping in July and the 2100s will ship at the end of summer. 

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    • HERETIC
    • 3 years ago

    Great to see Micron finally getting their 3D flash out there-Their TLC in smaller drives was
    a bit of a lemon……………………

    Micron and Crucial have been flogging the same drives but to different markets for a long
    time-My 5 year old C400 is Microns version of Crucials M4…………………

    FYI- Nearly all the Phison-S10 drives out there are manufactured by Toshiba for Phison
    then passed on and re-labelled……………………

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Awwwwww, I am disappoint.

    For a second there, reading the article title, I thought Micron was trying to make uber-cheap SSDs, cheap enough to discourage all the idiot laptop vendors from selling a “new” laptop with a 5400rpm OS drive just to save $2 on the BOM….

      • hexr
      • 3 years ago

      If it is any consolation, it sounds to me like that is what AData is doing with its cache-less drives: [url<]https://techreport.com/news/30213/adata-shows-nvme-and-tlc-ssds-at-computex[/url<] And maybe Patriot with its mega cheap Spark line? [url<]https://techreport.com/news/30220/patriot-memory-announces-budget-spark-ssds[/url<] Am I allowed to self-reference in the comments?

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        If OEMs put cheap SSDs in laptops instead of mechanical drives, I almost don’t care how bad they are.

        [list<][*<]Laptop drive - 50 IOPS and 4K QD1 read speeds of 200KB/s at best [/*<][*<]BX200 - 5000 IOPS and 4K QD1 read speeds of 20MB/s[/*<][/list<] Let's just presume that the cacheless super-cheap TLC drives using budget controllers are so bad that they're only [i<]10%[/i<] the speed of a BX200, already considered by many reviewers to be the slowest SSD on the market right now. That's still 10x faster than a laptop drive and I'll take even that dire performance in preference to booting and using a laptop with gramophone-esque spinning rust.

    • ludi
    • 3 years ago

    Maybe they could gradually drop the Crucial name on other parts and peripherals, and then release an entire PC built around Micron-branded products. They could call it…MicronPC.

      • davidbowser
      • 3 years ago

      I admit that the first time I read that Crucial was made/owned by Micron, I thought, “Micron? Surely not THAT Micron”

    • NTMBK
    • 3 years ago

    The end of an era. Goodnight, sweet prince

      • RAGEPRO
      • 3 years ago

      The Crucial name isn’t going away. (as far as we know!)

      Micron is just releasing some consumer hardware under its own name.

        • DrCR
        • 3 years ago

        Indeed, a crucial distinction.

          • morphine
          • 3 years ago

          I see what you did there.

            • DrCR
            • 3 years ago

            I’m on a micron drip.

      • hexr
      • 3 years ago

      Turns out *somebody* just doesn’t understand Micron’s naming scheme. Crucial for direct-to-consumer, Micron for OEM (consumer and enterprise). Sorry about the confusion there.

      (“Somebody” in this case being me. Just to be clear.)

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