Micron Technology announced yesterday the introduction of a new range of solid state drives known as the RealSSD P400e and aimed at the high end of the market.
The drives use 25nm MLC flash to deliver what Micron calls "enterprise-focused performance" and a "low total cost of ownership".
It also allows Micron to deliver a full portfolio of enterprise storage solution with the P400e aiming at boot applications, the P300 classified as a data storage solution and the P320h aiming at caching applications.
The drives will be available in capacities ranging from 50GB to 400GB in a 2.5-inch, 7mm thick form factor. The P400e range, which Micron produced for "read caching, direct attached storage (DAS) and booting virtual desktop infrastructures", will come with a 6Gbps SATA interface which is backwards compatible with the 3Gbps protocol.
Micron states that the drive will have read/write rates of 350MBps and 150MBps respectively. Expect the drive to appear via OEM customers rather than direct to retail.
The P400e will cost as little as $2 per gigabyte or around $100 for the cheapest model which makes it attractive for workstation and the enthusiast market.