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ADATA Introduces XM13 mSATA Solid State Drives

ADATA joins the likes of OCZ, Intel, SanDisk, Kingston and others to the mSATA SSD market. The XM13 will be available in 30 GB and 60 GB capacities. The XM13 utilizes a SATA 3.0 Gb/s interface, 25nm MLC (multi-level cell) NAND flash memory, and utilizes a SandForce controller. The drive is designed for compact devices and Intel Z68 motherboards that utilize Intel's Smart Response Technology.

ADATA states the performance for the XM13 on sequential transfer rates to be up to 280 MB/s read and 260 MB/s write. Random read/write performance is listed at 12,500 IOPS. It measures 2.0" x 1.2" x 0.16", weighs 7 grams, and has a MTBF of 1.2 million hours.

TypemSATA XM13
Capacity30 GB60 GB
Form factorFull-size mSATA
Dimensions2.0 x 1.2 x 0.16 inches
Performance(Max)Read: 280MB / Sec. Write: 260MB/ Sec. Random Write & Read IOPS: 12500
Operating temperature0℃-70℃
Reliability MTBF1,200,000 hours
Shock resistance1500G/0.5ms

ADATA XM13 30 GB looks to be priced in the $75 range, and the 60 GB in the $130 range. Read more on the benefits of a mSATA and their performance from two of Tom's Hardware's Reviews: Intel SSD 310 80 GB: Little Notebooks Get Big Storage Flexibility & Hands-On: A Second mSATA-Based SSD Emerges