As far as Adata is concerned, an influx of motherboards sporting built-in mSATA slots is going to create a demand for mSATA solid state drives (SSDs). The idea behind mSATA SSDs is to provide a fast cache solution to aid the primary storage device, typically a mechanical hard disk drive (HDD), to achieve system performance comparable to running a standalone SSD at a fraction of the cost. Towards that end, Adata today announced the launch of its XPG SX300 and Premier Pro SP300 mSATA SSDs.
Starting at the higher end, the XPG SX300 features a SATA 6Gbps interface and is aimed at power users who want both speed and capacity. Adata rates the read and write speeds at up to 550MB/s and 505MB/s, respectively, along with up to 85,000 IOPS of 4K random write performance. The XPG SX300 series is available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities.
For those with more modest performance and storage requirements, the Premier Pro SP300 series is built around a SATA 3Gbps interface and ships in 24GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. These drives feature up to 280MB/s read and 260MB/s write speeds, and up to 46,000 IOPS of 4K random write performance.
Adata didn't say when these new drives will ship or what the MSRPs will be.