Kingston Digital announced on Wednesday that its M.2 2280 SATA SSD will be shipping next week. Measuring just 22 x 80 mm, this SSD's form factor will be ideal for Ultrabooks and other "super-thin" notebooks, Mini PCs and motherboards with the new Intel Z97 chipset.
"We are proud to release the new M.2 form factor to the channel for both consumer and corporate customers upgrading their systems, as well as the system builder community when designing new embedded applications," said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. "This is an exciting follow-up to our previously released OEM-only M.2 2260 SATA SSD used in certain models of the ASUS Zenbook."
Initially, the company will only ship the 120 GB model; the 240 GB and 480 GB models won't arrive until Q3 2014. All three will feature advanced garbage collection, wear leveling and TRIM support. There's also SATA DevSleep, which allows devices using the SSD to stay on and connected without reducing the battery life. The SSDs also provide firmware-based power-loss protection.
A list of specs, shown below, reveals that the SSD has a compressible data transfer read speed of up to 550 MB/s and write speeds of up to 520 MB/s. For incompressible data transfers, the SSD has read speeds of up to 500 MB/s and write speeds of up to 330 MB/s. This SSD comes with a three-year warranty and free technical support.
We've reached out to Kingston Digital for pricing, so stay tuned.