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Micron Introduces New Solid-State Drives for the Enterprise

by david.nunes
BOISE, Idaho, Aug. 12, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Micron Technology, Inc.
(Nasdaq:MU) today introduced the RealSSD P300 solid-state drive (SSD), bringing
faster system performance and improved data integrity to enterprise
environments. The RealSSD P300 drive features the SATA 6-gigabits per second
(Gbps) interface, a first for the enterprise SSD market. The new P300 SSD
delivers extraordinarily high steady-state input/output operations per second
(IOPS), up to 44,000 reads and 16,000 writes—more than 15 times the write
performance of competing SATA-based SSDs. 
"The RealSSD P300 SSD is the fastest SATA-based drive on the market,"(1) said
Dean Klein, Micron vice president of Memory System Development. "The RealSSD
P300 is able to do the work of multiple hard drives—outperforming a RAID of 12
hard drives in some cases."(2) 
The ever-expanding workload of today's enterprise environments requires the
technology within to be able to withstand the rigors of data being constantly
accessed, transferred and stored. The RealSSD P300 drive was designed
specifically to address these requirements by using Micron's high-performance
and high-endurance ONFI 2.1 34-nanometer (nm) single-level cell (SLC) NAND
technology, ensuring product longevity and added reliability in today's
demanding enterprise environments. Combining Micron's high-quality NAND and
proprietary firmware design enables the P300 SSD to deliver the highest SATA
drive endurance capability in the industry—3.5 petabytes total bytes written
for the 200GB drive which is equal to writing approximately 1.9 terabytes per
day, every day for five years.(3) 
"Aside from its raw performance, the RealSSD P300 product was also designed to
reach industry leading steady-state capabilities, even with the write cache
disabled. With the P300, users no longer have to choose between IOPs or
throughput and maximum data resiliency—they can have both in the same drive,"
added Klein. 
Micron worked with Calypso Systems, Inc., a leading industry benchmarking firm
to test the P300 SSD. "The RealSSD P300 SSD once again shows Micron seizing an
industry leading position, delivering tremendous performance gains relative to
the competition," said Eden Kim, chief executive officer of Calypso Systems.
"By taking advantage of the SATA 6Gb/s, the P300 showed impressive small block
4K Random Write IOPs that were as much as 2.5 to 16 times faster than competing
drives it was tested against." 
Available in 50, 100 and 200-gigabyte (GB) capacities, the RealSSD P300 drive
is targeted primarily at enterprise applications including blade and
conventional servers, storage arrays and high-end workstations. Designed to fit
the standard 2.5-inch form factor, the P300 SSD achieves a read throughput
speed of up to 360MB/s and a write throughput speed of up to 275MB/s. To learn
more about the product features of the P300 SSD, visit

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