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mSATA SSD (mSATA solid-state drive)

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.

Contributor(s): Carol Sliwa
This was last updated in May 2014
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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