Will the shortcomings of the past be corrected successfully and we will receive one of the "SSD The most rewarding ever?
The market for SSDs based on the old SATA interface has entered a kind of coma in recent months, with the trend of reducing sales slowing down considerably and even reversing upwards in some cases, with the main emphasis going to drives in the new M.2 interface which provides not only great performance potential Significantly but also increased potential for profits among the various players in the field. However, it is very possible that we are also on the way to a comeback in the more traditional 2.5-inch market, with new and more efficient XNUMXD storage chips than ever before - and who may be one of the buds of this return is the brand Crucial Of Micron, and the new BX300 family to the basic and popular market.
For those who did not know or had forgotten, the BX100's drives Crucial Considered, and still are considered, the most lucrative and high-quality - in contrast to the BX200 models that managed to disappoint many consumers with performance that in many cases proved to be less good than those of the generation they were meant to replace, with the price level itself minimal changes between series. Now it looks like a new BX series is approaching, and we are once again starting to be filled with hopes that we will get a product that will successfully combine balanced performance with crisp prices.
The new drive cover was showcased at the Computex 2017 show - albeit without full technical details, unfortunately. All we know to get right now is that the BX300 is slated to hit stores this coming July, with only low volumes of between 120GB and 480GB, and with 3D chips NAND Of the new generation of the joint venture between Micron and Intel, IMFT.
The new drives may come in a free configuration memory Dynamic cache, for maximum financial savings, and with the latest controller from a company Silicon Motion Which is fast becoming the strongest name in the discount field, but the highlight here is undoubtedly the use of the innovative TLC chips we mentioned in the previous paragraph - with a 64-tier structure (or "floors", if you will) in a unique CMOS under Array architecture where much of the accompanying logic The storage compartments themselves are below them and not next to them, the manufacturer has managed to achieve a volume of 256 gigabytes per layer in interior space which is almost half that of the latest chips of the main competitors.
This means that IMFT, and in this case Micron, which is its customer, has the potential to achieve almost twice the effective volume of the same amount of chips (which are actually the most expensive and expensive component of an SSD drive), once the production process and output mature to the right level - and create Drives that will be not only more economical but also significantly cheaper. So after taking this data into account, there seems to be a very good reason to wait over the next month for the arrival of the next main popular model in the brand Crucial - and very much hope that he does not mess up and get confused on his way to us.