Samsung Puts Storage on a Diet, Announces mSATA SSDs for Ultrabooks

Paul Lilly

It takes a collective effort from component makers to realize Intel's vision of what an Ultrabook should look like, and Samsung is doing its part to keep the form factor slim and sleek. The storage maker just kicked off volume production of its Mini-Serial ATA (mSATA) solid state drives (SSDs) designed for all kinds of ultra-slim notebooks, and in particular Ultrabooks.

"Samsung’s compact mSATA SSDs will provide performance of the highest quality in helping to deliver the advanced ultra-slim PCs that consumers have been wanting," said Myungho Kim , vice president of memory marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics.

These are high performance drives molded from Samsung's PM830 product family. Armed with SATA 6Gbps controllers and 20nm class NAND flash memory, Samsung claims the drives can hit up to 500MB/s sequential read and up to 260MB/s sequential write speeds. They also feature 256-bit AES encryption.

The mSATA SSDs will be available in 32GB (for caching), 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities, each one measuring 50.95 x 30 x 3.8 millimeters and weighing 8 grams.

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