As evidenced by the current trend in Cellular plans, we are a data centric society. Our need for large, fast data storage is constantly on the rise and our voracious appetite and be satiated for a while. Technology has a way of quelling our apparent need all the while increasing our desire for more, more speed and more space. This desire has taken NAND based storage typically in the form of a Solid State Drive or SSD, from an elite product down to the consumer level. Using a mechanical hard drive, as opposed to a SSD, is like taking a Yugo for a lap around Talladega. SSDs just cannot be beat when it comes to speed. However, mechanical hard drives still have their place. SSDs lack the capacity of mechanical hard drives and the SSD price/gigabyte is considerably more. However, that gap is quickly closing as SSDs have a price of about .50 cents per gigabyte where as a mechanical hard drive can be had for between .10 and .15 cents per gigabyte. SSDs have a few form factors, the most common is a 2.5″ hard drive with SATA connectors, mSATA eliminates the case and the need for separate SATA and power cables, but the motherboard must have a mSATA slot on board. PCI-E and M.2 SSDs are making a rise in the market as well. ADATA is one of the market leaders in memory and SSD drives. Their current solution for the mSATA market is the XPG SX300 mSATA drive. The ADATA XPG SX300 is a MLC mSATA drive that features an LSI controller.
|Form Factor||Full-size mSATA|
|NAND Flash||Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash Memory|
|Controller||LSI SandForce SF-2281|
|Dimensions||50.95 x 30 x 4mm(L × W × T)|
|Performance||Read: 550 MB/sec. Write: 505 MB/sec. IOPS: Read 25,000/Write 85,000 (Maximum 4K Random Write)|
|Operating Temperature||0 °C – 70 °C|
|Storage Temperature||-40 °C – 85 °C|
|ECC Recovery||Up to 55 bits correctable per 512-byte sector (BCH)|
|Certification||RoHS, CE, FCC|
Features and specifications provided by ADATA, more information can be found at their website HERE. Features and specifications may change without notice.