November 23, 2014

Unconventional SSDs: PCI Express Mini Card (Mini PCI-E)

mSATA SSDs like this Toshiba model reuse reserved Mini-PCIe pins for SATA connections

With Apple almost certain to introduce a new MacBook Air, questions have turned to the specifics of the hardware to be used. A leaked pre-production photo features an odd memory configuration (not to mention four batteries), a device I immediately recognized as an SSD-on-a-stick. With this high-profile introduction of a new SSD stick form, I thought it was time to cover these unconventional new storage formats.