Crucial announced the availability of the Crucial m4 mSATA Solid State Drive (SSD) for ultrabooks. This SSD is one- eighth the size, making it ideal for systems where space is a premium. This drive offers sequential read speeds up to 500MB per second. It can be used as a standalone SSD or as a cache for an existing drive. Thanks to its thin mSATA form factor, the drive can be mounted directly to mSATA-enabled motherboards. The m4 mSATA SSD is available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities for $52.99, $80.99, $121.99, and $225.99, respectively.
Crucial m4 mSATA SSD for Ultrathin Laptops Now Available
New SSD Provides Powerful Performance in a Tiny Form Factor
Boise, ID, and Glasgow, UK, July 17, 2012 Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, today announced the immediate availability of the Crucial m4 mSATA Solid State Drive (SSD), designed primarily to address the rapidly emerging Ultrabook™ category and deliver powerful, proven performance for systems where space is at a premium. The Crucial m4 mSATA SSD delivers the award-winning performance and reliability of the Crucial m4 SSD in a drive one eighth the size. Because of its tiny mSATA form factor, the Crucial m4 mSATA SSD can be mounted to an mSATA-enabled motherboard to serve as a primary storage in ultrathin laptops or act as a cache to complement the performance of an existing hard drive. Available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities with MSRPs of $52.99, $80.99, $121.99, and $225.99, respectively, the Crucial m4 mSATA SSD can be purchased now through select global channel partners, or directly at www.crucial.com .
The Crucial m4 mSATA SSD features sequential read speeds up to 500MB per second and offers inherent power savings, travel-worthy durability, validation for Intel® Smart Response technology and Dataplex™ caching software from NVELO. The Crucial m4 mSATA SSD joins the Crucial m4 SSD and the Crucial Adrenaline Solid State Cache Solution as part of the award-winning Crucial SSD portfolio.
"With the rapid growth in ultrathin laptops and the adoption of smaller system builds, consumers are increasingly in need of SSD performance in a smaller form factor. The Crucial m4 mSATA is designed for users who want the flexibility that a micro-sized SSD offers," said Robert Wheadon, senior worldwide product manager, Crucial. "In a form factor that's about a third the size of your business card, the Crucial mSATA SSD can also be used as a standalone SSD or as a cache for an existing drive."
Featuring the same advanced controller technology, Micron custom firmware, and high-speed synchronous MLC NAND that have made the Crucial m4 SSD a mainstay, the Crucial m4 mSATA SSD is engineered to deliver the same blazing-fast performance. The Crucial m4 mSATA SSD leverages the industry-leading memory, design, and manufacturing capability of Micron Technology and is backed by a limited three-year warranty.
Some desktop motherboards have a slot on them for these mSATA drives.
Has anybody tried one of them out to see how speedy they are?
This idea intrigues me.
As a boot drive, they arnt anything special when compared to stand alone SSDs on the market. However, as a caching drive, I think they are great, gives a nice boost to the storage drive. Ive also set one up for someone as a rendering/scratch drive (board had the slot when purchased though msata ssd was added later).