Micron ships industry’s first quad-level cell NAND SSD

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Micron Technology has commenced shipments of the industry’s first SSD built on revolutionary quad-level cell (QLC) NAND technology.

The Micron 5210 ION SSD provides 33 percent more bit density than triple-level cell (TLC) NAND, addressing segments previously serviced with hard disk drives (HDDs), in particular the read-intensive cloud storage needs of AI, big data, business intelligence, content delivery and database systems.

Data centres need much greater capacity, speed, reliability and steady state performance that enterprise flash storage provides. Micron QLC NAND can reach densities of 1 terabit with its next-generation 64-layer 3D NAND structure.

Available in a 2.5-inch form factor, compared to the traditional 3.5-inch HDD, the Micron 5210 ION SSD looks to more performance into fewer racks,allowing data centres to save on expensive power and cooling costs. The 5210 ION SSD complements Micron’s existing storage portfolio, offering cloud customers greater performance and capacity options for cost-sensitive, read-dependent applications.

By leveraging the architecture of the 5200 series SATA SSD, the 5210 ION SSD simplifies the qualification process by providing customers with a known design for their data centre build-out. Customers will also be able to leverage Micron’s unique Flex Capacity feature to custom-configure the drive’s endurance and write performance for workloads that have a higher mix of writes but are still mostly read-intensive.

The Micron 5210 ION SSD is now shipping to key partners and to meet market needs, it will be available in a 2.5-inch (7mm) form factor in capacities ranging from 1.92TB to 7.68TB, enabling more flash capacity per 2U chassis.

Micron plans to invest further in QLC NAND with new interfaces to expand offerings across its product portfolio and offer even greater capacities in the future.