A company called Mushkin have announced what they are saying is the “world’s first” 480GB mSATA Solid-State Drive that will begin shipping in January 2013.

The drive has some pretty nifty specs to including a SandForce SF-2281 SSD processor with unthrottled IOPS, SATA III (6Gb/s) interface supports for ATA APM, Security Set, NCQ, TRIM and S.M.A.R.T.

Alongside that you also get a 3 year warranty, which is great for a drive you can find out more at the press release below.

I’m not sure if the drive will be available in the UK but in the U.S. the drive will set you back $500.

[spoiler show=”Show Press Release” hide=”Hide Press Release”]Mushkin Announces World’s First 480GB mSATA Solid-State Drive

Austin, TX — Dec 05, 2012 / (http://www.myprgenie.com) — 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

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