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Intel introduces new series of mSATA SSDs

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Intel has unveiled a new series of mSATA solid-state drives that is about one-eighth the size of a typical 2.5-inch SSD. Equipped with 25nm MLC flash storage, the 525 Series SSD sports a SATA 6 interface and weighs just 10 grams. According to Infostor, data on the drive is kept safe with the use of built-in 128-bit AES encryption.

This development is notable due to the number of top tier vendors offering mSATA storage devices. mSATA SSDs are increasingly used by hard disk drive based Ultrabooks, as well as embedded systems and appliances, such as NAS storage devices, to substantially speed up their performance.

In a statement, Intel product line manager James Slattery noted that "Intel SSD 525 opens the door to an unlimited number of creative embedded solutions such as in-flight entertainment, mobile workstations, microservers and IP phone storage."

Intel (NASDAQ:lNTC) says the new range of SSDs offers exceptional, sequential read and write performance of up to 550 MB/s and 520 MB/s respectively, as well as 80,000 IOPS random write. Extensive tests done by independent tech site AnandTech concluded that the new series is "almost equal" to Intel's much larger 520 Series SSD offering that was launched early last year.

The 525 Series SSDs come with a 5-year warranty, and will be available in capacities ranging from 30GB to 240GB. The 120GB and 180GB models are already shipping, and the rest will be available within the quarter.

For more:
- check out this article at Infostor

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