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Transcend Information, a leading supplier of various DRAM- and NAND flash-based products, has revealed its new MSA720-series solid-state drives in tiny mSATA form-factor that deliver performance comparable to fully-fledged SSDs. Thanks to multi-level cell NAND flash with toggle DDR interface and SandForce SF2281 controller, the Transcend MSA 720 are the fastest mSATA SSDs to date.

Transcend MSA 720 solid-state drives are available in 64GB and 128GB capacities and use Serial ATA-600 interface. The SSDs are deliver blazing fast sequential transfer speeds up to 560MB/s read and 530MB/s write, and impressive 4K random file writes up to 91 000 IOPS. The extreme performance was made possible by new-generation SandForce SF2281 controller as well as latest-generation MLC NAND flash memory with toggle DDR interface. The controller also supports such functions as S.M.A.R.T., TRIM and NCQ to increase the long-term health and efficiency of the SSD and also supports hardware-based 256-bit advanced encryption standard (AES) protection.

The mSATA form-factor combines high-capacity SSD in a space that is about one-third of the size of a standard business card (3cm*5cm). Such tiny size allows to make notebooks extremely thin without sacrificing performance. Moreover, mSATA SSDs can act as cache drived to accelerate operating system boot-up time and commonly-used application launch speed in environments where hard drives are needed for high capacity reasons.

Unfortunately, Transcend revealed nothing about the reliability of mSATA solid-state drives based on MLC NAND with toggle DDR interface. Hopefully, it is not considerably lower compared to fully-fledged SSDs.

Transcend MSA 720 solid-state drives are available now. Pricing is unknown.

Tags: Transcend, mSATA, SSD, SandForce, NAND, Flash

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this one is good for laptops and desktops also.
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 05/11/12 03:03:53 AM]
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It's good for bigger smartphons and tablets!
I hope something like this will emerge sun based on new marvel controller SandForce just spends tu much electricity for proper usage with small devices.
0 0 [Posted by: Zola  | Date: 05/11/12 07:26:33 AM]
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Isn't the Ultrabook an Intel name for the use of Intel ssd's and processors. So how come other manufactures are supplying them? Arn't they good enough with Intel Hardware or are the other manufactures better?
0 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 05/16/12 03:14:05 AM]
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