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Lexar announces high-performance Crucial M225 SSD line  
Monday, July 20, 2009 | by Rob Galbraith
m225.jpgLexar has released a trio of high-performance 2.5-inch solid state drives (SSDs) under the Crucial brandname. Available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities, the M225 series utilize multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory. The 256GB model is specified to deliver 250MB/s read speeds and 200MB/s write speeds.

All three are available for ordering now direct from Crucial and some retailers. When purchased direct in the U.S., the prices are as follows: 64GB, $169.99; 128GB, $329.99; and 256GB, $599.99. The 64GB and 128GB models are to ship this week, while the 256GB is to follow in early August.

More information is in the press release below.

Press Release

Lexar Media Announces Next Generation Crucial Solid-State Drive Products

New M225 Solid-State Drive Series Boasts Read Speeds up to 250MB/sec and Write Speeds up to 200MB/sec

Crucial® M225 Solid-State Drive (SSD) Key Messages:

  • Fastest, highest capacity Crucial SSDs to date
  • Available in capacities of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB
  • Featuring an industry standard 2.5-inch form factor, and a SATA 2.0 (3Gb/s) interface
  • Excellent alternative to the traditional hard drive – quieter, cooler, and more durable
  • Fully compatible with the Crucial SK01 External Drive Storage kit


Fremont, CA and Glasgow, UK, 20 July, 2009 -- Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today announced its revved-up line of Crucial solid-state drive (SSD) products – the fastest, highest capacity Crucial SSDs to date. The most dramatic change in this new generation of Crucial SSDs is the blazing-fast read and write speeds. The flagship 256GB Crucial M225 SSD screams at an impressive 250MB/sec read speed and a 200MB/sec write speed. The new Crucial SSDs enhance system performance by improving operating system boot and application load times. They also utilize a SATA 2.0 (3Gb/s) interface and feature MLC NAND flash components housed in an industry standard 2.5-inch drive enclosure, making a Crucial M225 SSD easy to install.

 “By upgrading their system with a solid-state drive, mobile computer users will enjoy a faster, more rugged system with storage built for mobility. The fact that SSDs don’t have any moving parts makes Crucial solid-state drives quieter, cooler, and more durable than traditional hard drives,” said Robert Wheadon, Lexar Media’s senior worldwide product marketing manager.

The benefits of an SSD aren't limited to notebooks; the Crucial SK01 External Drive Storage Kit (sold separately) is compatible with all three Crucial M225 solid-state drive products. This innovative device delivers the benefits of SSD technology to a user’s desktop, or as a portable storage device via a USB port. The kit includes a 2.5-inch USB 2.0 external enclosure, a 3.5-inch SATA 3Gb/s hot-swappable drive bay, and a 5.25-inch drive bay bracket. The Crucial SK01 kit comes with a five year limited warranty.

Visit www.crucial.com/ssd, www.crucial.com/uk/ssd, or www.crucial.com/eu/ssd to take advantage of free online tools, such as the Crucial SSD Advisor tool, which allows customers to find a compatible SSD simply by choosing their system make and model from a drop-down menu. Additionally, an online flash-based installation guide demonstrates how easy it is to install a Crucial M225 SSD.

Crucial SSDs are available in 64GB (currently $169.99), 128GB (currently $329.99), and 256GB (currently $599.99) capacities online atwww.crucial.com/ssd, www.crucial.com/uk/ssd, or www.crucial.com/eu/ssd, and through select channel partners. The new Crucial SSDs also feature a five year limited warranty.


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