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mSATA SSD (mSATA solid-state drive)

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Essential guide to desktop and laptop solid-state drives
Contributor(s): Carol Sliwa

An mSATA SSD is a solid-state drive (SSD) that conforms to the mSATA interface specification developed by the Serial ATA (SATA) International Organization. 

The mSATA SSD has a smaller form factor than a standard SSD and is designed for use with portable, space-constrained devices such as laptops and netbooks. The mSATA specification maps SATA signals onto a PCI Express mini-card connector to enable use with a wide range of applications.

The SATA International Organization referred to the specification as mini-SATA at the time of its announcement in 2009. However, the "m" no longer stands for "mini," and the specification is simply called mSATA.

This was last updated in May 2014

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Solid State Device is more appropriate since it doesn't drive. There are no moving parts. In the same way, a USB stick is not a drive. Language has to move on as technology moves on.
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