New uSSD Specification for Embedded SSDs Eliminates Connector

The Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) revealed the µSSD standard, which is a new standard for embedded solid state drives (SSDs). The SATA µSSD specification eliminates the module connector from the traditional SATA Interface. The new SATA µSSD standard enables developers to produce a single-chip SATA implementation for embedded storage applications.

SATA µSSD Standard Highlights

  • Defines a new electrical pin-out that allows SATA to be delivered using a single ball grid array (BGA) package
  • BGA package sits directly on the motherboard, supporting the SATA interface without a connecting module
  • Eliminates the module connector from the traditional SATA Interface
  • Enables the physically smallest SATA implementation to date
  • Enables developers to produce a single-chip SATA implementation for embedded storage applications
  • High-performance, low-cost, embedded storage solution
  • Ideal solution for embedding storage in small form factor mobile devices like ultra-thin laptops
  • SATA-IO is developing interoperability tests for µSSD products that will help ensure devices based on the µSSD standard will be compatible with other µSSD-based products
  • Products based on the µSSD specification are already available from SanDisk (Samsung and Toshiba have also expressed support for the standard)
  • Developed as part of SATA-IO’s mission to provide low-cost, high performance storage solutions optimized for a variety of device segments

More info: SATA-IO