Intel launches SSD in small mSATA form factor with 6Gb/s performance

Infotech Lead America: Intel has launched Solid-State Drive 525 Series in a small mSATA form factor with 6Gb/s performance.

The computing major says the availability of low-power SSD in one-eighth the space of a traditional 2.5-inch hard disk drive (HDD), which is aimed at driving Ultrabook, tablet and embedded applications, will benefit OEM customers and channel partners.

The Intel SSD 525 measures 3.7mm x 50.8mm x 29.85mm and weighing 10 grams.

The mSATA with PCI Express (PCIe) mini-connector delivers the performance of the company’s Intel SSD 520 Series client drive. Intel SSD 525 is suitable for All-in-One desktops, notebooks, Ultrabooks and workstation upgrades, as well as automotive, digital signage, embedded video and retail solutions.

Read performance is up to 50,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) and sequential read performance up to 550 megabytes per second (MB/s). Random write performance of up to 80,000 IOPS and sequential writes of 520 MB/s will deliver a top-performing mSATA SSD.

“The Intel SSD 525 Series is Intel’s latest 6 Gb/s mSATA product, which brings high performance to an ultra-portable form factor targeted for Ultrabooks and a myriad of embedded solutions,” said James Slattery, product line manager for Intel Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group Client SSDs.

Intel claims that its SSDs reduce the risk of data loss due to shock, vibration or jarring. The 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.

The Intel SSD 525 Series will be available in 30 gigabyte (GB), 60GB, 90GB, 120GB, 180GB and 240GB capacities. The company has begun shipping the 120GB and 180GB options, with additional capacities and volume shipments to follow this quarter.

Also available for Intel SSD purchasers is the Intel SSD Toolbox with Intel SSD Optimizer, a free utility that provides Microsoft Windows users with a powerful set of management, information and diagnostic tools to help maintain the health and out-of-box performance of the drive.

Available in 11 languages, the Intel SSD Toolbox is Windows 8-compatible.

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