RunCore, a Chinese manufacturer of solid state drives (SSDs) for consumers, enterprise, and military applications, just announced a new line of mSATA SSDs -- T50 -- based on the SandForce SF-2281 controller. These are the first mSATA drives to support SATA 6Gb/s and are aimed primarily at high-end ultraportables with a maximum I/O performance of 60,000 4K random write IOPS and 35,000 random read IOPS.
The T50 is available in three capacities, including 30GB (no price announced), 60GB ($198), and 120GB ($358). These drives offer up to 550MB/s sequential read and up to 470MB/s sequential write speeds.
RunCore also announced two other mSATA drive families, the mid-range I50 and entry-level RunCore Lite mSATA. The I50 is targeted at tablets and light laptops with SATA 3GB/s and delivers sequential transfer rates of up to 280MB/s for read and up to 270MB/s for write operations, along with maximum I/O performance of 45,000 4K random write IOPS and 30,000 random read IOPS. These will come in 60GB ($178) and 120GB ($308) capacities.
For netbooks, MIDs, tablets, and other such devices, RunCore's Lite mSATA comes built around the SandForce 2141 controller and comes in 16GB ($28) and 32GB ($38) capacities. RunCore didn't reveal performance numbers for these drives, though we know the SandForce 2141 chipset is rated for up to 250MB/s sequential read and write transfers.