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Crucial Launches 1.8″ SSD

Posted by Andrew at 1:00 AM on October 11, 2010

Lexar Media has added a 1.8″ range of SSDs to its Crucial RealSSD C300 product line.  These solid state drives (SSDs) are ideal for netbooks, ultrathin laptops and tablets or anywhere that 2.5″ drives are too big.

Amazingly, these 1.8″ versions perform just as well as their 2.5″ siblings,  with read speeds of up to 355MB/s and write speeds up to 215MB/s, natively supporting SATA 6Gb/s, while maintaining backwards compatible with the SATA 3Gb/s interface.

Behind the scenes, it’s the Micron RealSSD technology, using multi-level call (MLC) NAND and advanced controller technology to avoid the solid-state wearing.   The average access time is less than 0.1 ms with 60,000 IOPS for a random 4k read.

Available shortly in 64GB, 128GB and 256 GB, prices start at a penny shy of $150. The Crucial website doesn’t seem to have the 1.8″ versions on sale just yet.

SSDs aren’t an area that I’ve been able to explore so I’d be interested if anyone else has any comments on their experience.  Leave comments below.