July 17th, 2012 by Josh Linden
Crucial Releases m4 mSATA SSD for Ultrathin and Cache Applications
Crucial today announced the availability of the m4 mSATA Solid State Drive (SSD), designed to be mounted to an mSATA motherboard as primary storage for ultrathin laptops or as cache for slower hard drive storage. The m4 offers a consumer alternative to the similar Micron C400 mSATA SSD that we have reviewed previously.
The m4 mSATA SSDs are based on the same controller technology, Micron firmware, and synchronous MLC NAND used in Crucial m4 SSDs (m4 SSD review, m4 RAID review). Crucial m4 mSATA SSDs offer sequential read speeds up to 500MB per second and validation for Intel Smart Response technology and Dataplex caching software from NVELO.
Crucial m4 mSATA SSD Specifications
- Capacity (Unformatted): 128GB
- Memory Type: Micron MLC NAND Flash memory
- Form Factor: mSATA
- Interface: SATA 6Gb/s (SATA III)
- Controller: Marvell with Micron Custom Firmware
- Sequential Read: 500MB/s
- Sequential Write: 175MB/s
- 4KB Random Read: 45,000 IOPS
- 4KB Random Write: 35,000 IOPS
- MTBF: 1.2 million hours
- Endurance: 72TB Total Bytes Written (TBW)
Crucial m4 mSATA SSDs are now available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities with MSRPs of $52.99, $80.99, $121.99, and $225.99 from Crucial channel partners.