Micron Introduces New Solid-State Drives for the Enterprise

RealSSD(TM) P300 SSD Delivers Greater Overall System Performance and Data Reliability

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Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:MU) today introduced the RealSSD P300 solidstate drive (SSD), bringing faster system performance and improved data integrity to enterprise environments. The RealSSD P300 drive features the SATA 6gigabits per second (Gbps) interface, a first for the enterprise SSD market. The new P300 SSD delivers extraordinarily high steadystate input/output operations per second (IOPS), up to 44,000 reads and 16,000 writesmore than 15 times the write performance of competing SATAbased SSDs.

"The RealSSD P300 SSD is the fastest SATAbased drive on the market,"(1) said Dean Klein, Micron vice president of Memory System Development. "The RealSSD P300 is able to do the work of multiple hard drivesoutperforming a RAID of 12 hard drives in some cases."(2)

The everexpanding workload of today's enterprise environments requires the technology within to be able to withstand the rigors of data being constantly accessed, transferred and stored. The RealSSD P300 drive was designed specifically to address these requirements by using Micron's highperformance and highendurance ONFI 2.1 34nanometer (nm) singlelevel cell (SLC) NAND technology, ensuring product longevity and added reliability in today's demanding enterprise environments. Combining Micron's highquality NAND and proprietary firmware design enables the P300 SSD to deliver the highest SATA drive endurance capability in the industry-3.5 petabytes total bytes written for the 200GB drive which is equal to writing approximately 1.9 terabytes per day, every day for five years.(3)

"Aside from its raw performance, the RealSSD P300 product was also designed to reach industry leading steadystate capabilities, even with the write cache disabled. With the P300, users no longer have to choose between IOPs or throughput and maximum data resiliencythey can have both in the same drive," added Klein.

Micron worked with Calypso Systems, Inc., a leading industry benchmarking firm to test the P300 SSD. "The RealSSD P300 SSD once again shows Micron seizing an industry leading position, delivering tremendous performance gains relative to the competition," said Eden Kim, chief executive officer of Calypso Systems. "By taking advantage of the SATA 6Gb/s, the P300 showed impressive small block 4K Random Write IOPs that were as much as 2.5 to 16 times faster than competing drives it was tested against."

Available in 50, 100 and 200gigabyte (GB) capacities, the RealSSD P300 drive is targeted primarily at enterprise applications including blade and conventional servers, storage arrays and highend workstations. Designed to fit the standard 2.5inch form factor, the P300 SSD achieves a read throughput speed of up to 360MB/s and a write throughput speed of up to 275MB/s. To learn more about the product features of the P300 SSD, visit http://www.micron.com/products/solid_state_storage/enterprise_ssd.html.


Micron is sampling the RealSSD P300 SSD with customers now and plans to enter mass production in October.

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This press release contains forwardlooking statements regarding the production of Micron's RealSSD P300 product family. Actual events or results may differ materially from those contained in the forwardlooking statements. Please refer to the documents Micron files on a consolidated basis from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically Micron's most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. These documents contain and identify important factors that could cause the actual results for Micron on a consolidated basis to differ materially from those contained in our forwardlooking statements (see Certain Factors). Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forwardlooking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements.

(1) According to Calypso Systems, Inc. benchmarks
(2) Micron internal testing shows that the P300 sustained random write IOPs of 16,000 exceeds the sustained random write IOPs of a RAID of twelve 15K 2.5" enterprise SAS drives, which achieved 5,300 IOPs. Testing was performed comparing a single 100GB P300 drive against 12 SAS drives in a standard 12bay Intel® server storage appliance.
(3) Represents P300 200 GB SSD theoretical endurance capability only. Micron does not warrant that the P300 200GB SSD will write such amount of data over any period of time. Micron's products, including its P300 SSDs, are warranted to meet Micron's product datasheet specifications only.
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