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Intel readies mSATA SDD for Ultrabook apps

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mSATA? Solid-State Drive? PCI Express? hard disc drive? Ultrabook?

Intel Corporation has recently debut its Solid-State Drive 525 series in a small mSATA form factor with a 6Gb/s performance. Intel's latest product is an ultra-portable, low-power storage solution in one-eighth the space of a traditional 2.5 inch hard disc drive (HDD) to drive innovative Ultrabook, tablet and embedded applications.

"The Intel SSD 525 Series is Intel's latest 6 Gb/s mSATA product, which brings high performance to an ultra-portable form factor targeted for Ultrabooks and a myriad of embedded solutions," said James Slattery, product line manager for Intel Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group Client SSDs. "Intel SSDs reduce the risk of data loss due to shock, vibration or jarring. 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, micro-servers and IP phone storage."

The SSD 525 is the latest entry to the company's 500 Series SSD Family aimed at higher-performance, enthusiast solutions. Measuring 3.7mm x 50.8mm x 29.85mm and weighing 10g, the mSATA with PCI Express (PCIe) mini-connector delivers the performance of the company's Intel SSD 520 Series client drive. This makes the Intel SSD 525 suitable for All-in-One desktops, notebooks, Ultrabooks and workstation upgrades, as well as automotive, digital signage, embedded video and retail solutions.

With random read performance of up to 50,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) and sequential read performance up to 550 megabytes per second (MB/s), systems using the Intel SSD 525 Series will receive a performance boost for the most demanding applications and intense multi-tasking needs. This is coupled with random write performance of up to 80,000 IOPS and sequential writes of 520MB/s to deliver a top-performing mSATA SSD.

The Intel SSD 525 Series will be available in 30 gigabyte (GB), 60GB, 90GB, 120GB, 180GB and 240GB capacities. The company has begun shipping the 120GB and 180GB options, with additional capacities and volume shipments to follow this quarter.

The Intel SSD 525 Series features Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 128bit encryption capabilities for added data protection should a device be stolen or lost. It uses Intel 25nm (nm) multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory and is backed by a 5 year limited warranty.

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