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Plextor’s new M5M SSD puts the latest high-performance SSD technology into ultra-thin notebooks

Plextor’s new M5M SSD puts the latest high-performance SSD technology into ultra-thin notebooks

Plextor, a leading developer of high-performance digital storage equipment, announces the M5M mSATA 6 Gb/s JEDEC MO-300 SSD. Highly compact and light weight, the drive puts the high-performance and high-reliability of Plextor’s multi-award winning SSDs into the thinnest ultrabook laptops and tablet PCs. Powered by the latest Marvell 88SS9187 controller, the M5M mSATA SSD has a maximum sequential read speed of 540MB/s, a write speed of 430MB/s, and random read/write speeds of 80K IOPS/77K IOPS. Supporting the SATA DEVSLP standard it enables longer battery life with an incredible DEVSLP power consumption of 1 mW. Thanks to extensive testing during development and Plextor’s strict manufacturing standards, the calculated mean time between failures is an impressive 2.4 million hours.

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The new compact M5M is designed specifically for ultrabook and tablet PC devices enabling them to maximize system performance and responsiveness through ultra-fast storage performance. The M5M delivers equally high speeds for all data types through the use of the Marvell 88SS9187 controller. True-Speed technology prevents long-term slowdown by automatically returning drive speed to like-new levels after periods of intense use. This combination of the latest server grade controller and True Speed gives M5M users unequalled long-term real-world performance.

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High energy efficiency
The speed of the new M5M is complemented with high efficiency including support for the DEVSLP standard. In the Device Sleep state, the drive uses a mere 1 mW and resumes in 100 ms, and in operating mode it uses less that 10% of the power of a typical hard drive. This gives users significantly longer battery life especially when used for any storage-intensive application.

Enterprise-grade True Protect
The M5M features True Protect double-data protection technology. This exclusive system includes multi-layered data integrity checking with automatic 128-bit error correction and Plextor’s unique firmware based Robust Data Hold-out Algorithm to ensure 100% accurately for long-term data storage. True Protect also offers full data security through the use of the highest level of AES full-drive encryption, 256-bit which is performed by the M5M’s US Government AES-validated Marvell controller.

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Extreme reliability
Prior to manufacturing during development, the M5M underwent extensive testing. The 500-hour 400 drive tests included: a 48-hour sustained read/write test, 4000 times sleep and hibernation test, 250 power cycle tests. The pass requirement for each test was zero errors. Reliability is extremely high with a calculated mean-time between failure for M5M being 2.4 million hours. Every individual drive is also subjected to rigorous burn-in testing and accelerated usage simulation ensuring maximum stability.

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The M5M’s dimensions are: 50.8 mm (2 inches) x 29.8 mm (1.17 inches) x 3.6 mm (0.14 inches). It weighs 9 g (0.32 ounces). It is available in 128 GB capacity with recommended end user price of £ 94.99 (including VAT) and comes with a three-year warranty. Later this quarter a 64GB and 256 GB version are expected to become available as well.

The 128GB version of the M5M is available now for pre-order at Scan.

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