Micron to Launch Crucial MX300 With 3D NAND Later This Month
Micron today hosted its Enterprising event in Austin, TX, where it unveiled several new SSD products, as well as discussed advances in NAND flash technology.
The US based technology company announced schedule for its first 3D NAND SSDs. To our surprise, the new Crucial MX300, which we expected to hit the market around the Computex time frame, will launch later this month.
Not much is known about this new SSD, except that it will feature Micron’s new 256Gbit 3D NAND flash which is 2x the current density of 16nm planar NAND density per die. The MX300 will use 32 stacked layers to reach that density.
The new 3D NAND flash should allow Crucial to hit 2TB of capacity easily when paired with the new Silicon Motion SM2258 controller.
The flash could also cut the manufacturing costs to half, which means we are likely to see large SSD price reductions once this new technology becomes the standard for SSDs in mid to late 2016.
Following the release of Crucial MX300, Micron will launch two new OEM client SSDs, the 1100 series and the 2100 series, in June.
The company is also planning to release 3D NAND for the datacenter in the second half of the year, but they have not yet identified any of the drives that will come on board with it.