World's Largest Capacity mSATA SSD by Mushkin James White December 9, 2012 Press Release 1 Comment 1 Flares 1 Flares × I have a name this time that many know, but may not recall seeing in news for quite some time. The name is Mushkin, an industry leading memory and storage company. Mushkin has announced the future availability of the world's largest capacity mSATA drive, the Mushkin Atlas. There are some ups and downs to the massive 480 GB Atlas SSD. The obvious up side is 480 GB of storage on a drive that is 2 inches (50.80 mm) long. Most thumb drives are just under 2 inches in length. This means Ultrabooks, tablets, and so on can benefit from not only SSD speed, but increased capacity of current offerings. The down side is the $499.99 USD MSRP. This is not something you will likely see flying off the shelves at tech retailers. This is an item I see Mushkin selling in bulk to Acer, HP, Sony, and Apple for their top-tier Ultrabooks. I personally would love to see these find their way to DVR devices or the next generation of consoles, but that may be wishful thinking. Full Press Release » Dec 05, 2012 - Mushkin, Inc., an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance and mission-critical computer products, today announces that the company will begin shipping the world's largest capacity mSATA Solid-State Drive in January 2013. As the latest addition to Mushkin's Atlas family of mSATA drives, the new solid-state drive delivers up a colossal 480 gigabytes (GB) of storage capacity on a single mSATA module. "We're excited to present our latest Atlas 480GB mSATA solid state drive, demonstrating once again Mushkin's consistent ability to combine top performance, functionality, capacity, and low-power innovation," said Brian Flood, Director of Product Development at Mushkin Inc. "Keeping z-height as low as possible and managing to fit eight NAND flash chips and a controller on a mSATA PCB was no easy feat, but now capacity-hungry Ultrabook and notebook users can go beyond the 256GB mSATA barrier." Specifications: SandForce SF-2281 SSD processor with unthrottled IOPS SATA III (6Gb/s) interface Supports ATA APM, Security Set, NCQ TRIM support (OS/driver support required) S.M.A.R.T. support Built-in BCH ECC (Up to 55 bits correctable per 512 byte sector) High speed MLC NAND MO-300 (mSATA) form factor (50.80 x 29.85 x 4.85mm) Mini PCIe Interface User-upgradeable firmware RoHS, FCC, CE 3-year limited warranty Mushkin's Atlas 480GB mSATA solid-state drive (model number MKNSSDAT480GB) are scheduled to be available early January 2013 in the U.S. at select resellers and distributors and Worldwide distribution scheduled for Mid-January 2013. MSRP Mushkin's Atlas 480GB mSATA is $499.99 USD. Mushkin's Atlas 480GB mSATA solid-state drive is covered by a three-year limited warranty. More information about Mushkin's Atlas mSATA solid-state drives may be found on the company's website at http://www.mushkin.com.