Samsung Electronics last month started volume production of SSDs supporting the Mini-Serial ATA (mSATA) interface for use in ultra-slim notebooks such as Ultrabook PCs.
The new Samsung mSATA SSDs, part of the company's PM830 product family, are expected to be available in 256-GB, 128-GB, and 64-GB capacities for use as primary storage devices, and in a 32-GB version for use as a caching device. Sequential read performance is up to 500 MBs per second, while sequential write performance is about 260 MBs per second. They also feature 256-bit AES encryption.
The SSDs weigh only 8 grams. They use the company's 20 nanometer class NAND flash memory components.