A Look at mSATA Speed Capabilities
Certain applications require the performance of a SATA solid state drive (SSD), but with a smaller form factor. For OEMs and developers, the solution is often to use a mini SATA, or mSATA, drive. The mSATA speed and data storage capacity are robust enough to handle applications in any industry—from healthcare and aerospace to gaming and digital signage. In addition, mSATA technology eliminates the need for a 2.5-inch housing, which makes the form factor slim and versatile.
The Basics of Read/Write Speeds
The read/write speeds of an mSATA SSD are a key indicator of its performance and its suitability for a number of embedded applications. In general, all SSDs have faster read and write speeds compared to hard disk drives (HDDs). Engineers evaluate the read speed to determine how long it will take to load data from the mSATA SSD. The write speed indicates how long it will take to save something to the device.
How NAND Components Influence Read/Write Speeds
SATA SSDs and mSATA SSDs have different numbers of NAND components. The average SATA SSD in a 2.5-inch housing contains 8 to 10 NAND components. In contrast, mSATA SSDs are typically limited to 4 NAND components because of the physical space restrictions of the small form factor. The more NAND components an SSD can strip across, the greater the performance capacities. Despite the differences in NAND components, mSATA SSDs and SATA SSDs can still have the same read/write speeds if they are manufactured to be in the same speed class.
Ideal Sequential Read/Write Speeds
Sequential read and write speeds are disk access patterns. They refer to accessing or writing large amounts of data, measured in megabytes per second. For an mSATA SSD, an ideal sequential read speed is up to 170MB per second. An ideal sequential write speed is up to 150MB per second.
Delkin is a name trusted by engineers and technical OEMs when speed counts and ruggedness matters. Delkin is pleased to offer small form factor mSATA solid state drives with read/write speeds up to 170MB/s and 150MB/s. Contact us today, and one of our knowledgeable representatives will help you find the ideal storage solution for your application.