It’s interesting how a company as accomplished as Mushkin can fly so stealthily under the radar of many of the most hard-nosed storage sleuths. But it’s true when you ask many people about their go-to company for solid state storage drive solutions, Mushkin is not often the first name to pop up. You’ll hear, “Samsung,” “Crucial,” “Intel,” “Kingston,”…

That’s unfortunate–more so for the uninformed–not so much for Mushkin. They know they are one of the best and they continue to prove this. Their SSD are some of the fastest and highest performing solutions in the industry. And last week Mushkin announced another milestone.

The company has cooked up the world’s first 480GB mSATA solid state drive for mobile computing device–specifically ultrabooks.  This is the Atlas mSATA SSD. These little suckers will be available for consumption come January 2013. Until then, here’s the full press release with tasty specs!

“We’re excited to present our latest Atlas 480GB mSATA solid state drive, demonstrating once again Mushkin’s consistent ability to combine top performance, functionality, capacity, and low-power innovation,” said Brian Flood, Director of Product Development at Mushkin Inc. “Keeping z-height as low as possible and managing to fit eight NAND flash chips and a controller on a mSATA PCB was no easy feat, but now capacity-hungry Ultrabook and notebook users can go beyond the 256GB mSATA barrier.”


-   SandForce SF-2281 SSD processor with unthrottled IOPS

-   SATA III (6Gb/s) interface

-   Supports ATA APM, Security Set, NCQ

-   TRIM support (OS/driver support required)

-   S.M.A.R.T. support

-   Built-in BCH ECC (Up to 55 bits correctable per 512 byte sector)

-   High speed MLC NAND

-   MO-300 (mSATA) form factor (50.80 x 29.85 x 4.85mm)

-   Mini PCIe Interface

-   User-upgradeable firmware

-   RoHS, FCC, CE

-   3-year limited warranty

Mushkin’s Atlas 480GB mSATA solid-state drive (model number MKNSSDAT480GB) are scheduled to be available early January 2013 in the U.S. at select resellers and distributors and Worldwide distribution scheduled for Mid-January 2013. MSRP Mushkin’s Atlas 480GB mSATA is $499.99 USD. Mushkin’s Atlas 480GB mSATA solid-state drive is covered by a three-year limited warranty.

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Shawn Sanders

Shawn loves gadgets, literature, history and games. For 10yrs+ he's straddled both the comic book & video game industries, as a writer, editor, marketing officer & producer. Shawn got his start in tech & games as an editor & Hardware Director for More notable accomplishments include Executive Producer on mobile games Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved & The Shroud.