Let’s commemorate the close of the year with … a list! OK, to be honest, ending the year with a Top 10 List is not very, um, well, innovative. But it’s what’s on our list that’s innovative. And the year 2009 for Micron and Lexar Media can be summarized like this: Bigger. Faster. Better. So, that’s our Top 10 list for 2009, innovatively reduced to three memorable points. Still not ready to let go of tradition? Then, on with the Micron and Lexar Top 10 Innovations of 2009 countdown:
1. Maximizing Capacity – Crucial 4GB DDR3-1333MHz Memory Module Yes, bigger is better. Memory hogs of the world rejoiced when Crucial announced its 4GB DDR3-1333MHz (PC3-10600) non-ECC UDIMM memory module. It allows power users to max out their systems with up to 24GB of computer memory.
2. Color Me Fast – Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB DDR3-1600 Not only do the Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB DDR3-1600 memory modules use Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP) for easy overclocking, they also come with stylish red, blue or green heat spreaders and matching LEDs. Now, if only your socks matched.
3. 600X and Be There – Lexar’s 600x Professional CompactFlash cards With an industry leading 600X (90MB/s) guaranteed minimum sustained write speed and the reliability of Image Rescue software, Lexar remains the professionals’ preferred high-performance memory card.
4. Socially Aware – Lexar High-Speed microSDHC Card The introduction of Lexar's High-Speed microSDHC Card kit brought an easier, faster way for mobile-device users to upload photos, videos, music and files from their handhelds to their host computers and share them with friends through social media channels. Named the “Shining Star” in the MobileVillage Mobile Star Award program in the portable storage hardware category, the card and accompanying side-load software ushered in a new market where data can be shared easier than ever before.
5. Is it safe? – Lexar JumpDrive SAFE S3000/SAFE S300 FIPS More than ever, security standards were a priority for enterprise organizations and government agencies in 2009 and the Lexar JumpDrive SAFE S3000 and JumpDrive SAFE S3000 FIPS were the first to incorporate smart card-based encryption technology to deliver secure, manageable portability to organizations that must meet strict security regulations.
6. Big Performance, Small Size – Micron 34nm NAND and Lexar memory cards In June, Lexar announced the inclusion of Micron’s 34nm NAND flash memory across a number of product lines. By including the award-winning 34nm NAND technology in its memory cards and flash drives Lexar is able to offer industry-leading products with high performance at a more cost effective price point—a differentiator the company continues to focus on as it heads into 2010.
7. Serious Endurance – Enterprise NAND Micron’s MLC Enterprise NAND provides a viable alternative to standard SLC NAND that allows enterprise applications the ability to cost-effectively and reliably double storage capacity (since MLC provides twice the storage space in the same die size as SLC). The new MLC Enterprise NAND chip is able to reach 30,000 write cycles (6x the reliability of standard MLC NAND).
8. The incredible shrinking chip – 3 bit-per-cell Micron and Intel teamed up through their joint venture, IM Flash Technologies (IMFT), to roll out the industry’s smallest and most cost effective 32Gb 3 bit-per-cell (bpc) NAND chip for flash cards and USB devices. Made on its leading 34nm process technology, the 3bpc product demonstrates the companies’ continued progress in NAND development. Stay tuned for more on Micron and Intel’s next NAND milestone—a new 2Xnm NAND process will be announced in early 2010.
9. Seeing Pico-Projection in a Whole New Light – FLCOS Microdisplays In 2009 we saw pico projection begin to make significant headway in the consumer electronics space. Micron also got active in this space in 2009, acquiring innovative FLCOS microdisplay technology. Our high-speed FLCOS microdisplays create vibrant, sharp images from a tiny, low-power chip, so they’re perfect for mobile devices. If you want to see FLCOS technology in action, check out the 3M MPro120—one of the year’s best pico-projector offerings.
10. RealSSD C300 – The Industry’s Fastest SSD The year culminated with Micron unveiling its C300 RealSSD Solid State Drive. This is no ordinary SSD, the C300 took the title of the fastest notebook and desktop SSD in the industry. And don’t just take our word for it, these benchmark videos show the drive in action. In addition, it’s the first SSD to use a SATA 6Gb/s interface, which provides twice the bandwidth of the standard SATA 3Gb/s interface.