Mushkin announced on Wednesday the upcoming launch of the "world's first" mSATA SSD with a 480 GB capacity on a single module. It's the latest addition to the company's Atlas family of mSATA drives, and is scheduled to be available early January 2013 in the U.S. at select resellers and distributors.
A worldwide distribution is scheduled for mid-January 2013, the company said.
According to the spec list, the new 480 GB drive will sport the SandForce SF-2281 controller with an unthrottled IOPS, and connect via a SATA 3 (6 Gb/s) interface. Features will include support for TRIM and S.M.A.R.T., ATA APM, Security Set and NCQ. It will also sport built-in BCH ECC (up to 55 bits correctable per 512-byte sector), user-upgradeable firmware, a mini-PCIe interface and more.
Brian Flood, Director of Product Development at Mushkin commented, "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 256 GB mSATA barrier."
The next step down in the Atlas mSATA series is the 240 GB version. Also connecting via a SATA 3 (6 Gb/s) interface, this drive offers read speeds of up to 560 MB/s and write speeds of up to 530 MB/s. Additional features include a MTBF of 2 million hours, a SandForce SF-2281 controller, an IOPS of 80,000, and user-upgradeable firmware.
Mushkin’s upcoming Atlas 480 GB mSATA SSD will retail for $499.99 USD next month, and come with a three-year limited warranty. Currently the product is not listed on the company webpage, so keep checking back to get a full list of specs.
At nearly $1 per GB, this mSATA package is nearing what we're seeing from 2.5-inch SSDs.
Stay tuned for an upcoming round-up of mSATA options coming soon!