San Jose, CA—A consumer storage brand, Lexar and Silicon Motion, which produces NAND flash controllers for SSDs, announced a collaboration. The two companies formed a partnership that will combine Lexar self-developed storage products with Silicon Motion controller chips.
Moreover, this alliance aims to optimize portable storage solutions and enhance product competitiveness. During the first quarter of 2024, Lexar will launch two Portable Solid-State Drive (PSSD) products.
Lexar and Silicon Motion Partnership Details
The portable SSD single-chip controller solution from Silicon Motion combines integrated hardware, software as well as data security features. It also has a USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface and four NAND channels. This solution will integrate in both new devices. Further, the goal is to meet the demands of users who require high performance and low power consumption as well as game consoles. These two new products are also portable yet offer ample storage space due to the single-chip controller’s compact size and increased storage capacity.
What’s more, the first product resulting from this collaboration is the portable SSD Lexar Armor 700. The next-generation flagship portable SSD, ranging from 1TB to 4TB capacities, boasts read and write speeds of up to 2000MB/s. In addition, it sports a rugged rubber exterior and a IP66 rating to guard against dust and water damage. It also has 9.8-foot drop resistance.
The partnership will also introduce the portable SSD Lexar SL500. Additionally, the new SL500 is widely compatible with cameras, mobile devices, laptops and gaming consoles. It comes with USB Type-C and USB Type-A cables for plug-and-play functionality.
With read and write speeds of up to 2000 MB/s and 1800 MB/s, respectively, the SL500 portable SSD is driven by portable SSD controllers from Silicon Motion Technology. Because of its compatibility and aluminum style, it can be easily carried around and used with a variety of devices. These include digital cameras, laptops, Xbox, PlayStation and mobile devices. Specifically, it supports Apple Log video recording in 4K 60-fps ProRes format on the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.