Micron announced the availability of the industry's first solid-state drive based on QLC (quad-level cell) NAND technology. With the new SSD Micron 5210 ION, the storage density was 33% higher than that of the NLC-based TLC (triple-level cell) drives, and reached values previously inherent in hard disks. Micron QLC NAND memory chips have a 64-layer structure and provide a storage density of 1 TB (128 GB).
The new solid-state drive Micron 5210 ION is targeted for use in the corporate segment as part of data centers, cloud storage, intelligence, content delivery systems and other systems where high capacity and high speed are required. The novelty is made in a form factor of 2.5 inches and has a thickness of 7 mm. The capacity of the device can range from 1.92 TB to 7.68 TB. To connect, the SATA3 interface (6 Gb / s data transfer rate) serves.
Micron has already begun shipping 5210 ION SSDs to strategic partners. Mass shipments are planned for the fall of 2018.