Intel SSD 525 mSATA Range Promises 550MB/s Through 6GB/s Pipe

Intel has launched a new mSATA drive, the SSD 525 Series, targeting ultrabooks and other compact systems that want high-speed solid-state performance. Packing a 6Gb/s connector – the first mSATA model in Intel's range to do so – the new SSD is a mere 10g but is goo for up to 550MB/s read rates and 520 MB/s write rates.

Six versions will be available, starting off at 30GB and then hitting the 60GB, 90GB, 120GB, 180GB, and finally 240GB capacities. All support AES 128-bit encryption and use 25nm MLC NAND flash, with a 5-year warranty.

mSATA drives have grown in popularity in recent months, their compact size ideal for the newest breed of ultraportables and embedded systems. At 3.7 x 50.8 x 29.85 mm, the Intel SSD 525 Series boards are smaller even than a 2.5-inch traditional SSD, helping keep ultrabooks small as well as finding their way into other devices such as the Accelerator Bay of Drobo's Mini.

Intel is shipping the 120GB and 180GB models now, with the others expected to follow on before the end of Q1 2013. They're priced at $149 and $214 respectively, with the full range kicking off at $54.