Mushkin outs 480GB SSD for thin notebooks

Summary:The enthusiast component supplier's Atlas 480GB model is a record for the mSATA form factor, and it comes in at a $500 recommended retail price.

The enthusiast PC component supplier Mushkin has revealed a 480GB mSATA solid-state drive.

Atlas SSD

It is easy these days to find a 480GB or even 512GB SATA SSD, but such high capacities have so far eluded those who want a smaller form-factor SSD for a thin notebook. This is what the not-very-well-known Mushkin is promising with the single-module Atlas 480GB model.

"Keeping z-height as low as possible and managing to fit eight NAND flash chips and a controller on a mSATA PCB was no easy feat, but now capacity-hungry ultrabook and notebook users can go beyond the 256GB mSATA barrier," Mushkin product development chief Brian Flood said in a statement on Wednesday.

In terms of specifications, the Atlas 480GB SSD has a 6Gb/s interface and runs on a SandForce SF-2281 flash memory controller (or 'SSD processor', as SandForce terms it) with unthrottled IOPS. The firmware is user-upgradeable, and the drive supports ATA advanced power management (APM) and native command queuing (NCQ).

The recommended retail price for the SSD is $500 (£312) in the US, where Mushkin makes its kit. There is no word yet on UK availability.

Topics: Storage, Innovation


David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't be paying many bills. His early journalistic career was spent in general news, working behind the scenes for BBC radio and on-air as a newsreader for independent stations. David's main focus is on communications, of both... Full Bio

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