We've seen what Samsungs latest SSD controller can do in notebooks, and now they're ready to share the love with Ultrabooks. The latest PM830 variants come in the mSATA form factor and cram as much as 256 GB of storage into a device weighing just 8 grams and some svelte dimensions (50.95 x 30 x 3.8 mm). AES-256 is confirmed as present on the drives, to protect your data in the event of loss or theft. Performance is reportedly nearly identical to the physically larger OEM-only PM830, and its consumer cousin the SSD 830, losing only in sequential write speed. It's unclear where the write speed difference comes from, though likely candidates is a diminished capacity for interleaving, or performance throttling for power and heat concerns. We're reaching out to Samsung for more details and will update as we know more. We're expecting a(nother) big Ultrabook push at CES in about a month, so we will see plenty of these little drives making appearances there. Samsung is promising that not long after the OEMs have their fun, consumer drives will be available for the tinkerers amongst us. 

Source: Samsung (BusinessWire)

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  • MrSpadge - Friday, December 2, 2011 - link

    A Thinkpad X220 would love such a drive as well :)
    (and some others)

  • retrospooty - Monday, December 5, 2011 - link

    Wretched Spam, Wretched. And broke be must too, also literally as well as stupid must think spamming here bring business will.
  • lizardview - Thursday, December 15, 2011 - link

    In reading your posts about SSD's from Samsung, the word 'reliability' comes up more often than any other word (like speed, performance etc). What are the main areas that differentiates 'reliability' in Samsung drives from drives from Corsair, OCZ or Intel? Is it the quality of the NAND flash, the firmware???? Why are Samsung able (or choose) to make more reliable drives, and why don't the others replicate their reliability?

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