Mushkin announces worlds largest mSATA SSD at 480GB

first_imgIf you want an ultra-thin laptop like an Ultrabook, manufacturers are pretty limited on the components they can fit inside that slender case. Storage is no exception, with most relying on an mSATA SSD as the more typical 2.5-inch drives just won’t fit. That also means storage space has been quite limited to just a couple hundred of gigabytes. Until now, that is.Today the upper limit of 256GB was smashed, as manufacturer Mushkin has announced the world’s largest mSATA SSD. It offers up 480GB of storage space in a drive measuring just 50.8 x 29.85 x 4.85mm.As the latest addition to Mushkin’s Atlas range of drives, it also has the performance on offer to make this a very desirable SSD for your laptop. Although read/write speeds for the 480GB version haven’t been officially announced, the 256GB model achieves 560MB/s reads and 530MB/s writes over a 6Gb/s SATA III connection using a SandForce controller. The 480GB model will at the very least equal those speeds, if not improve on them slightly.The Atlas ships with TRIM and S.M.A.R.T. support, comes with a 3-year limited warranty, and is expected to start shipping by the middle of January next year. It’s by no means cheap, though. On its own you can expect to pay $499.99, although that price is sure to drop significantly for any manufacturers wanting to ship one inside an Ultrabook. Still, at around a $1 per gigabyte for such a speedy drive, it’s still a very tempting proposition.Read more at the Mushkin press release, via TechCrunchlast_img read more