The M500 line of SSDs is based on Micron’s 20 nanometer MLC NAND memory and offers native support for SATA 6 Gb/s interface, 80,000 IOPS and transfer rates of 500 MB/s for read and 400 MB/s for write rates . In addition, the SSDs also support DEVSLP mode in standby mode (when the laptop is in sleep mode) for very low power consumption along with hardware-based data encryption that meets the specifications of the TCG Opal 2.0 and IEEE 1667.
The Crucial M500 line of classic 2.5 inch devices will be available this quarter in capacities of 120, 240, 480 and 960 GB, with the price of $600 for the 960GB model. Micros also launched physically smaller versions of their M.2 and mSATA for ultrabooks and thin laptops, which will be on the market in the second quarter of this year in capacities of 120, 240 and 480 gigabytes.
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