Mushkin's Atlas 480GB mSATA SSD is small in size but big in capacity.
Mushkin will start shipping what it claims is the world's first 480GB capacity mSATA solid state drive (SSD) in January 2013, the company announced this week. Unlike traditional SSDs, mSATA (Mini-SATA) drives are much smaller and sport a connector that looks similar to a PCI Express Mini Card interface that's even electrically compatible, though the data signals need to be fed to the SATA host controller.
mSATA drives are commonly found in slim profile mobile devices such as Ultrabooks (Intel), Ultrathins (AMD), and tablets. Despite their small size, mSATA SSDs can run fast and, in this case, store tons of data.
"We're excited to present our latest Atlas 480GB mSATA solid state drive, demonstrating once again Mushkin's consistent ability to combine top performance, functionality, capacity, and low-power innovation," said Brian Flood, Director of Product Development at Mushkin Inc. "Keeping z-height as low as possible and managing to fit eight NAND flash chips and a controller on a mSATA PCB was no easy feat, but now capacity-hungry Ultrabook and notebook users can go beyond the 256GB mSATA barrier."
Mushkin's Atlas 480GB mSATA SSD (MKNSSDAT480GB) features a SandForce SF-2281 controller with unthrottled IOPS. It has a SATA 6Gbps interface and supports TRIM and S.M.A.R.T. Mushkin didn't provide read and write speed ratings, though as a point of reference, the company's smaller capacity Atlas drives offer up to 560MB/s read and up to 530MB/s write performance.
The Atlas 480GB carries an MSRP of $500 and is backed by a 3-year warranty.