CES 2013: Micron demos DDR4 DIMMs, announces 20nm Crucial M500 SSDs at $0.60/GB
Subject: Storage, Shows and Expos | January 10, 2013 - 11:12 AM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: micron, crucial, ces 2013, CES
At the Micron/Crucial, we were shown an expansion to their DDR3 memory line, to include lower profile parts:
These reduced height modules should make for easier installation into HTPC and other small form factor PCs and even 1U Servers.
Next we saw DDR4 running at its native 2133 MHz speed. Here is what the DDR4 DIMM looks like:
Note the slight bulge at the center of the pin area. This is to make installation easier, as there is a considerable increase in pin count, which would have made installation more difficult if not for that design feature. Note the increased contact density in this pic:
Last (and most certainly not least), Micron announced their next SSD Series, the M500. This line uses a newer Marvell controller with Micron engineered firmware, driving 20nm IMFT flash:
All models will employ the enterprise feature of a capacitor bank used to store some reserve power. This helps to minimize any possible data loss should power be interrupted while data is being written:
Micron told me they are planning a 1TB model, running *MLC* flash (not TLC), and they are shooting for a price point of $600. That's $0.60/GB! If this scales down at the lower capacity points, we should be in for some pretty nice price dips in Solid State Storage for 2013!
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