Lawyers holding up their netbooks and ultrabooks as more productive tablet alternatives can now add even greater memory to boast of the devices' advantages. Mushkin Inc., an Englewood, Colo.-based storage media company, has announced its latest Atlas mSATA solid state drive with 480 gigabytes capacity on a single module.
The new SSD uses multilevel NAND Flash memory with a user-upgradeable firmware, a SATA III (mini-PCIe) interface that boasts up to 6 gigabits per second throughput in a 2-inch by 1.2-inch by .19-inch (length x width x height) frame that includes:
a SandForce SF-2281 SSD processor;
support for ATA, APM (Access Policy Manager) Security Set;
Native Command Queuing (NCQ) optimizes multiple read and write commands;
TRIM support (OS/driver support required) to wipe blocks marked for deletion before you need them; and
S.M.A.R.T. monitoring to detect and report drive reliability;
The new drives will be available in early January 2013 at select resellers and distributors in the U.S. and by mid-January worldwide.
The Atlas 480-gigabyte mSATA is priced at $499.99 and has a three-year limited warranty.
Michael Roach is LTN's associate editor. Send email.