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Samsung Announces High-Performance mSATA SSDs for Ultra-Slim Notebook PCs

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in advanced semiconductor technology solutions, announced volume production of SSDs (solid state drives) that support the Mini-Serial ATA (mSATA) interface. The drives are designed for use in ultra-slim notebooks such as Ultrabook PCs.

“Samsung’s compact mSATA SSDs will provide performance of the highest quality in helping to deliver the advanced ultra-slim PCs that consumers have been wanting,” said Myungho Kim, vice president of memory marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics. “Samsung plans to continue providing timely delivery of advanced SSD solutions, while preserving its leadership position in the SSD market for notebook PCs.”

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It wasn't so long ago when having an Encyclopedia on a CD-ROM made news.

Geez, 256gb. Its amazing how fast technology is evolving.
 
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This is actually kind of nice, but something comes to mind when I see it. It seems the same size of a laptop wi-fi card, seeing as in my Alienware there is 2 slots for cards (one for the wi-fi card, other for the tv), couldn't they have used pci-e standards instead of this mSata interface to just achieve better speeds?

I could be wrong, maybe it has been tried, or maybe it's not as power efficient. Still, good to see stuff moving on.
 
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It's a matter of using standard SSD controllers, which as you know use SATA.
There are some mini PCI Express SSDs as well, but the controllers are in general garbage and they're often not bootable, as notebooks aren't set up to boot from 3rd party controllers in the BIOS/UEFI.
 
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That's true, I forgot about the motherboard at that point, I only had RevoDrive in mind.
 
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My Lenovo Y570 has an empty mSATA slot, I'm just waiting for prices on the 120's to go down... Samsung's entries mean the price might become a bit more reasonable.