Kingston Digital, Inc., which is Kingston Technology Company, Inc.’s Flash memory division, and also a leading global producer of memory products, is announcing the addition of 240GB and 480GB capacity points to its existing SSDNow mS200 mSATA lineup of SSDs. The addition of larger capacity points offers enthusiasts and system builders a cost-effective performance upgrade compared to HDDs, providing quicker boot times and application load times, while reducing power requirements.
The mS200′s PCB-only (no case required) mSATA form factor is ideal for tablets, notebooks, Ultrabooks and embedded systems. It is also able to be utilized as a caching drive for motherboards that support Intel’s Smart Response Technology (SRT). Utilizing the mS200 mSATA SSD as a caching solution gives users the SSD-like quick boot times and responsiveness for frequently accessed data and programs, while maintaining larger overall storage capacity.
Kingston’s SSDNow mS200 240GB and 480GB models feature the proven LSI-SandForce 2281 flash controller and a SATA 3.0 (6 GB/s) interface. The mS200 also supports S.M.A.R.T. (drive health) attributes reporting, and also supports TRIM commands. The mS200 also supports automatic AES 128-bit encryption with drive-level password protection. Although not specified, the NAND flash memory being used is likely form Toshiba, as is used in the smaller capacity points of the mS200 previously released.
The 240GB version of the mS200 is rated for 540 MB/s sequential read speeds, and 530 MB/s sequential write speeds. The 480GB model is rated for 530 MB/s sequential reads and 340 MB/s sequential writes. Maximum 4K read and write speeds for the 240GB version come in at 72,000 IOPS reads and 40,000 IOPS writes, respectively. The 480GB model is rated for maximum 4K reads of 72,000 IOPS and maximum 4K writes of 18,000 IOPS. Random 4K reads are stated as 21,000 IOPS for both the 240GB and 480GB iterations, while the random 4K writes are stated as 41,000 IOPS for the 240GB capacity, and 13,000 IOPS for the 480Gb capacity.
Kingston is reporting the Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) for the mS200 as 1,000,000 hoiurs. Both of the new larger capacity points of the mSATA mS200 (240GB and 480GB) are being backed by Kingston with a three-year warranty and free technical support. The Kingston product page for the new 240GB and 480GB models of the SSDNow mSATA mS200 can be viewed here; while the Kingston press release announcing the new capacities of the mS200 can be viewed in its entirety here.