Intel Pushing 550 MB/s mSATA Speeds with SSD 525 Series

Intel on Monday introduced the SSD 525 Series, a small mSATA form factor SSD packed with Intel's 25-nm MLC NAND Flash and SATA 3 (6 Gb/s) bandwidth performance. Using merely one-eighth the space of traditional 2.5-inch hard drives, this new solution is ideal for Ultrabook, tablet and embedded applications.

"Intel SSDs reduce the risk of data loss due to shock, vibration or jarring," said James Slattery, product line manager for Intel Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group Client SSDs. "With these new performance thresholds available in a small form factor package, and backed by Intel quality and reliability, the Intel SSD 525 opens the door to an unlimited number of creative embedded solutions such as in-flight entertainment, mobile workstations, microservers and IP phone storage."

This is the latest offering in the Intel 500 Series SSD family, aimed at higher-performance, enthusiast solutions. It connects via a PCI Express (PCIe) mini-connector, measures just 3.7 x 50.8 x 29.85-mm and weighs 10 grams. Initial capacities will include 120 GB and 180 GB, but Intel plans to release 30 GB, 60 GB, 90 GB, and 240 GB models later in 1Q13.

According to Intel, the new mSATA SSD features a random read performance of up to 50,000 IOPS and sequential read performance up to 550 MB/s. The random write performance is up to 80,000 IOPS and sequential write is up to 520 MB/s (depends on the capacity). Also thrown into the mix is Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 128-bit encryption capabilities for added data protection, and a 5-year limited warranty.

On Monday Intel also released the Intel SSD Toolbox with Intel SSD Optimizer, a free utility that provides Windows customers (including Windows 8) with a powerful set of management, information and diagnostic tools. There's also the free Intel Data Migration Software toolset to help clone the entire content of a previous storage drive (SSD or HDD) to any Intel SSD.

For more information about the Intel SSD 525 Series, head here.

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  • CaedenV
    A Bad DayDesktops: Lol seriously?

    Absolutely in desktops!
    I am working on a build now in a mATX form factor which is meant to be a portable high end video editing rig. The problem with so much power in such a small space is always heat disipation, and HDDs are big rectangular bricks that block airflow, and in an editing rig you need a minimum of 3 of them. So what I did was a mSATA for the OS drive, and then I have 2 normal SSDs in RAID1 for the content drive. All paired with an i5 or i7 CPU, 16GB of ram, and crammed in a nice little box that is ~6" wide, ~6" tall, and ~9" deep.
    It may not be useful for most desktop systems, but in a box that size having an mSATA tucked away under the mobo for the OS makes all the difference in the world!
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  • A Bad Day
    Usage of mSATA:

    Tablets: Many use proprietary mini SSDs.

    Laptops: Most lack mSATA support except for some of the higher end gaming/business laptops.

    Desktops: Lol seriously?


    If there's ever going to be a major market for mSATA drives, there has to be a major push on laptop/tablet manufacturers to include mSATA support.
  • halcyon
    I think my Dell XPS 15 (L521x) would be interested in the 240GB model. She's pretty spoiled.
  • CaedenV
    A Bad DayDesktops: Lol seriously?

    Absolutely in desktops!
    I am working on a build now in a mATX form factor which is meant to be a portable high end video editing rig. The problem with so much power in such a small space is always heat disipation, and HDDs are big rectangular bricks that block airflow, and in an editing rig you need a minimum of 3 of them. So what I did was a mSATA for the OS drive, and then I have 2 normal SSDs in RAID1 for the content drive. All paired with an i5 or i7 CPU, 16GB of ram, and crammed in a nice little box that is ~6" wide, ~6" tall, and ~9" deep.
    It may not be useful for most desktop systems, but in a box that size having an mSATA tucked away under the mobo for the OS makes all the difference in the world!