Crucial has announced its latest solid state drives called M550 2.5-inch SSDs. These SSDs utilizes Marvel-made controllers as well as MLC (multi-level cell) NAND Flash memory from Micron powering the drive to deliver 550MB/s for sequential read and 500MB/s for sequential write, as well as 95K IOPS random read and 85K IOPS random write. The M550 SSD is specifically designed to meet the needs businesses and enthusiasts who are heavily involved with high-performance computing, ultrathin, and media/video applications.
Micron has also implemented its industry-leading encryption into its new SSD, which includes AES 256-bit hardware encryption, meeting TCG Opal 2.0 and IEEE-1667 standards as well as being compatible with Microsoft eDrive. Crucial comes in capacities ranging from 128GB to 1TB and sells with 3-year warranties and at prices of $100 / €100 to $530 / €530.