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Oct 26, 2011

ADATA Launches SandForce-Based XM13 mSATA SSD

ADATA has been doing quite well in the SSD market lately thanks to the introduction of a series of powerful mSATA drives, and the company has recently announced the launch of another such solution which is known as the XM13.

The drive was first spotted at this year's Computex fair together with other mSATA solid state drives the company has to offer.

The XM13 is however the most powerful of these as its built around a first generation SandForce SF-1200 controller which supports a SATA 3Gbps interface.

In ADATA's latest creation, the SF-1200 is paired together with four 25nm multi-level cell NAND Flash memory chips manufactured by IMFT (a joint venture between Intel and Micron).

This setup can provide either 30GB or 60GB of storage space, and, even though some of the memory channels available were left unpopulated, the drive is capable of reaching sequential transfer rates of up to 250MB/s read and 170MB/s write.

Random read/write throughput is rated at 12,500 IOPS (input/output operations per second), while MTBF is set at 1.2 million hours. ADATA estimated the shock resistance of the XM13 to 1500G/0.5ms, which makes it extremely durable.

The Taiwanese company has designed the XM13 to be used in tablet, ultra-thin notebooks and other highly portable devices, as well as a cache drive for an HDD using Intel's Smart Response Technology.

In fact, Gigabyte has even certified the drive to be used together with a series of the company's motherboards based on the Intel Z68 chipset that feature an mSATA slot, the Z68XP-UD3, Z68XP-D3, Z68AP-D3 and Z68P-DS3.

Pricing for the 30GB version of the XM13 varies between $70 to $80 (50 to 57.5 Euros), while the 60GB version retails for $125 to $135 (90 to 97 Euros).


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