(TS) – With the advents of thin and light notebooks we’ve also seen flash memory replace traditional hard disk drives for storage. For all the advantges this presents — no moving parts, thinner designs, faster performance — it often means higher price tags and less storage capacity. It’ll take a while for this to change but Mushkin is taking a step in the right direction with what they claim is the “world’s first” 480GB mSATA SSD.
The Atlas 480GB mSATA SSD is the latest in the series aimed at “unleashing the hidden performance” of laptops, with Mushkin currently offering 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB models. The device’s price includes a three-year-warranty. While the 480GB model isn’t listed on Mushkin’s website yet, we did get a nice look at its specs via the company’s press release.
The Atlas mSATA 480GB features high-speed MLC NAND and support for ATA APM, TRIM, NCQ, and Security Set. It offers a mini PCIe interface, and its firmware can be user-upgraded. The 6/GBs SATA III drive features a SandForce SF-2281 processor with unthrottled IOPS and integrated BCH ECC up to 55-bits. It measures in at approximately 50.8mm x 29.9mm x 5mm.
Mushkin’s Director of Product Development Brian Flood offered this statement. “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. 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.”
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