Samsung has launched a 840 EVO mSATA (mini-Serial ATA) Solid State Drive (SSD) line-up, including the industry’s first 1 terabyte (TB) mSATA SSD.
The new SSD features the compact mSATA form factor, which is approximately a quarter size of a 2.5-inch SSD. It utilizes 128GB NAND flash memory based on 10 nanometer class process technology. To form a 1TB version SSD, a total of four flash memory packages are used, each package having 16 layers of 128Gb chips. Based on the advanced memory technology, the 1TB mSATA SSD comes in a thickness of 3.85 millimeters and a weight of 8.5 grams, which are approximately 40 percent and a twelfth of a typical hard disk drive (HDD) respectively.
The 840 EVO mSATA SSD line-up is available in 120GB, 250GB, 500GB and 1TB models. The 1TB version offers 98,000 random read and 90,000 random write IOPS (Input Output Operations Per Second) , as well as sequential read and write speed of 540 megabytes per second (MB/s) and 520 MB/s.
The 840 EVO mSATA SSD can be used along with another data storage device embedded on a notebook, either HDD or SSD, as long as the notebook has the mSATA socket. Applying 256-bit AES keys, the mSATA SSD is compliant with TCG Opal and IEEE 1667 standards.
The 840 EVO mSATA SSD is an extension of the 840 EVO line-up which was introduced in July, and the newer models will be available this month globally.
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