The Intel Developer Forum this Monday will introduce a new SATA interface, designed to standardize solid-state storage components to be used in netbooks and notebooks.
The new interface will be called the mini-SATA )or m-SATA) and use IDF as a platform. It will be the smallest connector ever for SATA, and will be similar in part to those currently used in desktop hard drives to connect to the rest of the computer.
Netbooks and laptops have made quite a bit of use of SATA SSDs, as they are smaller and more efficient than hard disk drives. Most SSDs fit a 2.5-inch or 1.8-inch form factor. However, smaller modules can be used by some smaller devices. This created a need for mSATA, which will ship a standard setup in order to reduce drive costs.
Knut Grimsrud of the SATA International Organization explained that the interface are specified for 32 GB and 64 GB chips, supporting transfer rates between 1.5 and 3 GB/s. This could mean SSDs will finally be cheaper for netbooks.