Micron’s new tiny 2TB SSD is bad news for laptop HDDs

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Micron has announced the 2400 SSD, the world’s first 176-layer PCIe Gen4 QLC SSD, and the first 2TB 22x30mm SSD.

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Micron Technology confirmation of It has started volume shipments of the world’s first 176-layer QLC NAND SSD, which uses the most advanced NAND architecture. The Micron 2400 SSD will be one of the first products to use the new technology.

A hard drive disk and an SSD side by side.

Combining 176-layer NAND and PCIe Gen4 technologies, the 2400 SSD is capable of twice the performance of Micron’s previous generation client SSDs. It will also have 23% faster read times for quicker boot and load times.


The Micron 2400 SSD’s miniature size also makes it the world’s first 2TB 22x30mm M.2 SSD. With regard to form factor, there is a 63% reduction in physical space as compared to the 22x80mm M.2 form factor. As a result, the drive will enable “smaller design, room for more battery and design flexibility” for laptops.

Hard drives have historically offered large storage space solutions, but with the advancement of SSD technologies, we are beginning to see equally huge storage space offered by SSDs.

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What does the introduction of the new SSD mean for consumers? as techradar tellsShould “groundbreaking” NAND technology appear in entry-level laptops and desktops, internal hard disk drives may be a thing of the past. We could potentially see a budget HDD killer, though we’ll have to wait until Micron reveals the price point for the 2400 SSD.

Micron unveils its 2400 SSD.

The M.2 22x30mm 2400 will launch with three variants that offer different capacity options: 512GB, 1TB and 2TB. Larger 22x42mm and 22x80mm models will also be available for SSDs. All 2TB versions will sport 4,500 Mbps sequential read and 4,000 Mbps sequential write speeds.

as pcworld notes, the smaller 22x30mm SSD could start to be an attractive option for PC makers who want to design smaller, thinner laptops without sacrificing both storage performance and capacity. Hence, expect thin and light notebook PCs to become more prevalent going forward in the laptop industry.

Elsewhere, the 2400 SSD uses technology that provides low power consumption for all-day, untethered computing. Compared to Micron’s previous generation SSDs, there is a 50% reduction in active passive power. With that in mind, Micron said the 2400 SSD has been specifically designed to meet Intel Project Athena requirements, which will deliver more than nine hours of battery life on a laptop.

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