XM13: New mSATA SSD from A-DATA
A-DATA has also jumped on the SandForce bandwagon and recently launched the S511–yet another drive for the crowded SSD market based on the SF-2281 controller. Now it is now expanding the lineup with an mSATA device called XM13. What is mSATA, you ask? It’s like SATA, but smaller.
These small SSDs with a Z68 mSATA interface on motherboards with matching connector can be combined with Intel’s new Smart Response technology, which is an attempt at leveraging SSD performance as a large cache, while hanging on to the mechanical drive. So far, it looks like this technology is performing fairly well, and OCZ has also released drives for the purpose.
The XM13 mSATA SSD is 51 x 30 x 4 mm wide, with a SATA II 3 Gb/s interface and 25nm MLC NAND memory chips. It’s using the SandForce SF-2141 controller, which is capable of read speeds up to 280 megabytes per second and writes at up to 260 MB/s. The IOPS score for 4K aligned is 12.500.
By using MLC memory, the XM13 will be a cheaper and less durable alternative to the Intel SSD 311 series. The XM13 mSATA solid state drive with 30GB will sell for about $80, while the version with 60GB has been given an estimated retail price of $130.