Micron was also showing off the various NAND chips from the recent years. In 2006 it took eight 50nm chips to create 16GB of storage. In 2011, the technology has improved to allow a single 20nm NAND for the same amount of storage.
We had the opportunity to spend a little bit of time with Crucial while we were wandering around Storage Visions 2012. While there we were able to look at a few of the products that are in the works. One of the items that caught our eye was a mSATA SSD.
Crucial just recently announced the Crucial Adrenaline Solid State Cache Solution for enhanced PC performance and we got some hands on time with the drive at Storage Visions. Basically, this is regular 64GB Crucial m4 SSD that has over-provisioning enabled, so the available space for caching is 50GB. Crucial wasn’t discussing the prices, but the Crucial M4 64GB SSD costs $104.99, so we expect this solution to be around the same price. The Crucial Adrenaline drive includes a 3.5” adapter bracket and the necessary software to run it, but lacks a SATA cable that might be needed for mainstream users. Crucial said that the Adrenaline plugs into an available SATA power and data port and once the software installed it intelligently places, or “caches,” the most frequently needed files on the SSD and keeps less frequently used files on the hard drive. They believe this solution is the best way to go as it isn’t limited by motherboard chipsets like some rival solutions.