Micron 6500 ION NVMe™ Solid-State Drives (SSDs)

Micron 6500 ION NVMe™ Solid-State Drives (SSDs) are 200+ layer NAND data center NVMe SSDs engineered to evolve data center economics. 6500 ION SSDs redefine scalable storage and are ideal for maximizing IT budgets that can’t keep up with end-user data growth, increasing performance expectations, and growing environmental concerns. The drives deliver best-in-class performance that promotes sustainability and eclipses the QLC SSD with superior value. The 30.72TB capacity and dense form factors facilitate opportunities to lower your carbon footprint by consolidating more storage in fewer servers.


  • 30.72TB performance
  • Faster reads, writes, fills, and rebuilds than the competing data center QLC SSD make it easier to store and maintain massive datasets
    • 34% better average read latency
    • 58% faster sequential writes
    • Up to 62% more 4KB random read IOPS
    • Over 30X more 4KB random write IOPS at a queue depth (QD) of 128 and over 10X more at QD1
  • Lower operating costs via improved power efficiency and endurance
    • Up to 20% reduction in power consumption
    • Up to 56% better power efficiency (IOPS/watt)
    • More than 10X better 4KB random write endurance (RDWPD)
    • Nearly 1PB per U or 35PB per rack storage to reduce server sprawl
  • Better price performance with industry-leading security that surpasses the competing QLC SSD
    • Leading die density enables sustainable affordability
    • Supply chain resiliency, including multiple SSD assembly and test sites, versus single assembly site for the competing QLC SSD
    • 30.72TB TAA-compliant, value-focused NVMe SSD with FIPS 140-3 L2 certifiability
    • Class-leading feature set, including OCP 2.0, NVMe 2.0 and NVMe-MI 1.2b, and SPDM 1.2 (attestation)
  • Available in U.3 (15mm) and E1.L (9.5mm) sizes


  • Artificial intelligence (AI) data lakes
  • Object stores
  • General-purpose bulk cloud storage
  • NoSQL databases
  • Content delivery


  • 6,800MB/s sequential 128KB reads
  • 5,757MB/s sequential 128KB writes
  • 440,901 IOPS random 4KB reads
  • 70µs average random 4KB read latency
  • 254,244 IOPS random 4KB writes
  • 400,000 IOPS mixed 4KB 70/30 random reads/writes
  • 70µs average mixed 4KB 70/30 random read latency
  • 0.3RDWPD (9TB/day) endurance (100% random writes)
  • PCIe Gen4 1x4 NVMe (v2.0) interface
  • 0 to +70°C operating temperature range
  • Power consumption
    • 15W read
    • 20W write
    • 5W idle
  • Micron 232-layer 3D TLC NAND
  • Reliability
    • 2.5 million device hours MTTF from 0 to +50°C
    • <1 sector per 1017 bits read UBER
    • 5-year warranty
Published: 2023-06-15 | Updated: 2023-07-19