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Samsung unveils first 1TB mSATA drive

It's bigger on the inside
Mon Dec 09 2013, 16:47

KOREAN ELECTRONICS GIANT Samsung has announced a range of mSATA solid state disk (SSD) drives, the 840 EVO series, which comes in a number of sizes including the world's first 1TB mSATA SSD drive.

The 1TB model offers 98,000 random read and 90,000 random write input output operations per second (IOPS), as well as sequential read and write speeds of 540MBps and 520MBps, respectively. Most mSATA SSD drives are around 25 percent of the size of a standard laptop hard drive, and only around 40 percent of the weight, making them ideal for tablets, laptops and ultrabooks.

At just 3.85mm thick, the 840 EVO also promises to keep the line of devices suitably svelte. The range includes 120GB, 250GB, 500GB and 1TB models, all of which come with Samsung Magician, a software assist that is said to increase read speed to over 1GBps, making them twice as fast as a full sized SSD. The Samsung 840 EVO 1TB mSATA SSD drive has 16 layers of 128GB NAND chips in four packets.

"With the new mSATA SSD line-up offering up to 1TB of memory and an optimized software tool, we expect that consumers can enjoy high storage volume and performance on ultra-slim notebooks besides desktop PCs," said Unsoo Kim, Samsung SVP of memory brand product marketing.

"We will continue to bring leading-edge SSD products and software solutions with improved quality and reliability, while working on offering higher consumer satisfaction and strengthening competitiveness of our branded memory business."

The mSATA drives are supported with a full migration kit and a global launch is set for this month. µ


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