It looks like Crucial is working on a new series of SSDs that will utilize 16 nm flash memory.
According to a report posted in Dutch on Hardware.info NL, Crucial is working on a new generation of SSDs that will be known as the MX100 series of SSDs. The report indicates that the SSD will be built with Micron's new 16 nm flash, which reportedly will make the SSD very affordable.
The report doesn't give much else in the way of technical specifications. All we know, based upon the report, is that the SSDs will come in a 2.5" form factor and will employ the 16 nm Micron flash. Performance is expected to sit right between that of the M500 and M550 SSDs, with the lineup succeeding the M500 series.
Pricing is also expected to be lower than the M500 series of SSDs, which are already extremely competitively priced as is. This is a good development of which we hope to see more, though we fear that due to an incoming stream of M.2 SSDs, SSD prices in general won't go down all that much over the next few weeks, if not months.
When asked for comment, a company representative offered the following statement:
The word is out that Crucial will be launching a new SSD in the early June 2014 timeframe called the Crucial MX100 SSD. The new MX100 will be a competitively-priced, 2.5" SSD based on Micron’s new 16nm chips, and will be the successor to the Crucial M500 drive. The high-performance Crucial M550 drive will also remain part of the Crucial SSD product line-up.
We'll get back to you when more details are available about these MX100 units at Computex.