November 30th, 2011 by Kevin OBrien
Samsung PM830 mSATA SSD Released, Supports SATA 6Gb/s Speeds
Samsung announced a new high-performance mSATA SSD for Ultrabooks dubbed the PM830, sporting speeds of up to 500MB/s read. Available in capacities spanning from 64 to 256GB, the drive makes use of Samsung's own 20nm MLC NAND. This new mSATA SSD is being targeted towards the new crop of Ultrabooks, with a focus on the OEM market.
The new Samsung PM830 mSATA SSD will offer SATA 6Gb/s transfer speeds, listed as 500MB/s read and 260MB/s write sequential. A smaller 32GB model will also be available for caching environments. The 20nm NAND specified is DDR toggle memory, which generally leans towards the high-performance category in most SSDs that it is found in. The drives will also support AES-256bit encryption, which is used in many business environments to prevent data from being stolen if a notebook is lost or taken. Pricing has not been announced, nor when the mSATA SSDs will hit the market.