Samsung outs 256GB SSD ideal for ultrabooks

As Intel pushes its Ultrabook platform there are more and more SSDs hitting the market that are seemingly aimed right at the Ultrabook makers and users out there. Samsung is the latest to offer a new SSD that would be perfect for the Ultrabook realm called the mSATA SSD PM830. Samsung has announced that the SSD is now in full production.

The tiny SSD measures in at 50.95 x 30 x 2.80 mm and weighs a scant 8g. The little SSD will be used in Samsung's own performance notebook line. The PM830 comes in 128GB, 64GB, and 32GB capacities in addition to the 256GB capacity. The SSD is very fast with up to 500MB/s sequential reads and up to 260MB/s sequential writes.

That makes the SSD six times faster than a traditional HDD. The SSD also features 256-bit AES encryption to protect data stored on the drive. The small drive uses the SATA 3 6Gbps interface and will be available soon. It's not clear if the drive will be offered as an upgrade or only to OEMs.