mSATA: It’s Like SATA But Smaller

Godwin Bassey is a System Administrator, and an enthusiastic blogger with particular interests in concept devices, automobile tech, audio video tech, computing, gizmos & mobile devices. You can follow him on twitter – @DaTecNerd.

You’ve heard of SATA. It’s the technology used for the majority of today’s hard drives and people generally like it. But SATA wasn’t designed for tiny portables. That’s why the guys behind SATA are introducing mini-SATA, or mSATA for short. Supporting 1.5 Gb/s and 3.0 Gb/s transfer rates (peaking at half the speed of existing SATA), mSATA is intended for drives that are roughly the size of a business card.

Check out that image below, you see a small Toshiba drive using a traditional SATA connector. On the right, you see a Toshiba drive using the mSATA standard. The end products aren’t really so different in terms of size, but the mSATA connection itself is, what, half the footprint of SATA?



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