Intel is pushing the Ultrabook machines really hard. So far, there aren’t that many of them on the market thanks to the cost of some components and the fact that Intel wants the machines to sell for under $1000. Some Ultrabooks are under that number, but others are over. Samsung has a new SSD that is aimed at the Ultrabook and other compact high performance notebooks.
The PM830 SSD is an mSATA SSD that uses the 6Gbps SATA interface. The small SSD measures 50.96mm x 30mm x 3.8mm and packs in 256GB of storage in the largest version. It also comes in versions with 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB of storage as well.
The SSD has a sequential write speed of up to 260MB/sec and a sequential read speed of up to 500MB/s. The SSD has integrated AES encryption to protect the data from theft if the machine is lost or stolen. The SSDs are in production now.