It wasn't too long ago that we heard about new HDDs weekly, and new SSD
bi-monthly. Now, it's almost the opposite. Flash-based storage has
blossomed tremendously over the past years, and with prices finally
falling to reasonable levels, there's more reason than ever before to
make the leap to NAND
. Netlist has just launched two new products: the
mSATA mini and mSATA slim SSDs. These modules are slimmed down even more
than usual, mostly because they're meant less for consumers and more
for the enterprise
. Those investing in storage for datacenters,
networking and storage businesses will likely take the most interest.
The mSATA mini SSD module offers storage capacity of up to 32GB with
onboard 64MB DRAM cache, while the mSATA slim SSD module offers storage
capacities up to 128GB with onboard 64MB DRAM cache. Both products'
smaller form-factor and SSD support for ultra-dense applications makes
the mSATA mini and slim modules ideal for datacenter equipment and
embedded systems, or so the company says. You're probably curious about
specs and performance, so here's the skinny on that: these are fully
SATA v2.6 compatible, the mSATA modules support data rates to
3.0Gbps, SMART functionality, expanded register 48-bit addressing mode,
and power management. The mSATA mini has typical read performance up to
120MB/s and typical write performance up to 48MB/s. The mSATA slim has
typical read performance up to 240MB/s and typical write performance to
Pricing remains mum for now, but being that these are marketed towards business, don't count on them being inexpensive.