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.