STORAGE VENDOR Micron released its RealSSD mSATA solid state disk (SSD) drive for ultrabooks.
Micron has been aggressively pushing its range of SSDs, with the firm buying Intel's share of two jointly-owned NAND flash fabs last month. Now Micron has launched its RealSSD C400 drive pitched at the rapidly growing thin and lightweight ultrabook market.
Although Intel's ultrabooks have had a slow start, the firm has been confident that they will appear during 2012. One of the ultrabook's key specification constraints is the use of SSDs, and while SATA SSDs are not exactly large, mSATA lets makers build an SSD barely larger than an SD card.
Micron's C400 RealSSD is a SATA3 board with capacities from 32GB to 256GB. The firm uses its current generation 25nm MLC NAND flash on the board and its photos show a Marvell SSD controller.
Justin Sykes, Micron's GM of client SSD solutions said, "Efficient memory and storage are key components to portable computing. Our new mSATA delivers on the true promise of SSD technology - high-performance storage in a tiny, low-power package. Breaking away from the constraints of enclosures meant for hard drives is a great step toward enabling truly mobile computing platforms."
Micron's announcement also opens up the possibility of more ultrabooks with 256GB SSDs, however they are unlikely to come cheap. Intel had been pushing mSATA for the best part of a year, and while netbooks used mSATA SSDs as far back as 2007, mSATA capacity and performance have reached a point where it finally can be used for more workloads. µ