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Lexar Crucial 64GB SSD. Courtesy of Lexar, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. PRESS RELEASE: Lexar Media Announces Crucial™ Solid State Drive (SSD) Product Line

Industry-leading native SATA 3.0Gb/s interface and unique customer tools differentiate Crucial SSDs

Fremont, CA, January 2, 2007 -- Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today announced its line of Crucial solid state drives (SSD). Crucial SSDs are more durable, require less power, and offer greater overall system performance than traditional hard disk drives. The SSDs will be available in capacities of 32GB and 64GB in an industry standard 2.5-inch drive enclosure with an industry-leading native SATA 3.0Gb/s interface. Additionally, Lexar Media will offer the Crucial SK01 external drive kit and various online customer tool--including the Crucial SSD Advisor tool, the only tool of its kind on the market toda--available at www.crucial.com/ssd or www.crucial.com/uk/ssd. Product availability is expected in Q1 2008.

Crucial is known for enabling everyday consumers to take advantage of cutting-edge technology," said Terrence Groth, Lexar Media's worldwide product marketing manager. "Crucial offers user-friendly online compatibility and educational tools, as well as an external drive kit that allows users to install the SSD in their desktop system or use it as a portable storage device."

Crucial SSDs have no spin-up time, seek time, or rotational latency, resulting in faster system boot times and application load times. Other user benefits include:

  • Low power consumption -- Less than 2W active power
  • Rugged -- Resistant to high levels of shock (1,500G/0.5msec) and vibration (20G (20-2000Hz))
  • Reliable -- 2 million MTBF
  • Low latency -- Access time less than 1ms
  • Light weight -- 82g
  • Silent operation -- Operating sound of 0 bels
  • Runs cool -- No moving parts to create excess heat
  • Versatile -- Hot Swappable design
  • 5-year limited warranty

External Storage Kit

Lexar Media is also announcing the Crucial SK01 External Drive Storage Kit (sold separately), a device that delivers the benefits of SSD technology to a user's desktop and beyond. The innovative SK01 kit will allow users to enjoy SSD technology installed in their desktop or as a portable storage device via a USB port. The kit includes a 2.5-inch USB 2.0 external enclosure, 3.5-inch SATA 3.0Gb/s hot-swappable drive bay, and a 5.25-inch drive bay bracket. The Crucial SK01 comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

In hot-swap capable systems, the SSD can be removed from a desktop drive bay without the need to power down the computer--a feature that allows for immediate, portable data security.

Online Tools

Crucial offers many free customer tools on its Web site at www.crucial.com/ssd or www.crucial.com/uk/ssd. The Crucial SSD Advisor allows customers to find a compatible SSD by choosing their system make and model from a drop-down menu. Crucial also offers an online flash-based installation guide showing how easy it is to install an SSD.

About Lexar Media

Lexar Media is a leading marketer and manufacturer of NAND flash and DRAM memory products under the Lexar and Crucial brand names. Lexar Media also sells flash memory products under the Kodak brand. For more information about Lexar Media, visit www.lexar.com. For more information about Crucial products, visit www.crucial.com, www.crucial.com/uk or www.crucial.com/eu. Lexar Media, Inc. is a subsidiary of Micron Technology, Inc., and Lexar Media is a division of Micron Europe Limited, a division of Micron Semiconductor Asia Pte. Ltd., and a division of Micron Japan, Ltd.

About Micron Technology, Inc.

Micron Technology, Inc., is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions. Through its worldwide operations, Micron manufactures and markets DRAMs, NAND flash memory, CMOS image sensors, other semiconductor components, and memory modules for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking and mobile products. Micron's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the MU symbol. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit www.micron.com.

© 2007 Lexar Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Information is subject to change without notice. Lexar and the Lexar logo are trademarks of Lexar Media, Inc. Micron, Crucial, and the Crucial logo are trademarks of Micron Technology, Inc. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the production of Crucial SSD products. Actual events or results may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Please refer to the documents the Company files on a consolidated basis from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the Company's most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. These documents contain and identify important factors that could cause the actual results for the Company on a consolidated basis to differ materially from those contained in our forward-looking statements (see Certain Factors). Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. We are under no duty to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release to conform to actual results.


(First posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at 10:38 EST)

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