Crucial has one of the fastest SSD units on the market with the SATA 6.0 Gbps RealSSD C300. The company has now revealed that the successor will come in Q1 2011 , named Real SSD C400, and using 25 nanometer technology.
Crucial today uses NAND flash memory circuits made with 34 nanometer technology and by transfering to 25 nanometer technology it can lower prices and increase capacity.
The exact changes the company is expected to make is uncertain, but we expect performance optimizations with both NAND chips and memory controller.
Interestingly Crucial will be targeting the mid-range next year. The RealSSD C400v will settle for the SATA 3.0 Gbps interface, but also cost $100 less at the same capacity.
Crucial is one of few manufacturers that is going down its own path and hopefully it can offer something really exciting starting next year.
First with 25nm technology in SSDs will be Intel in Q4 2010 when the next generation X25-M series arrives.