With performance more than twice that of SATA-based SSDs, industry pundits have said PCIe flash may become the new standard in not just ultraslim notebooks, but standard notebooks and desktop PCs.
Gregory Wong, founder and principal analyst at Forward Insights, said with new flash specifications emerging, more mobile devices will be able to take advantage of the performance PCIe flash offers.
For example, Intel and Plextor are working on Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF) SSDs that will use a mini-PCIe connector. Plextor's NGFF SSD measures just 22mm by 44mm in size and connects to a computer's motherboard through a PCIe 2.0 x2 interface
Samsung's XP941 comes in the new M.2 form factor (80mm x 22mm), weighing approximately six grams - about a ninth of the 54 grams of a SATA-based 2.5 inch SSD. Also, the XP941's volume is about a seventh of that of a 2.5 inch SSD, freeing up more space for the notebook's battery and therein providing the opportunity for increased mobility.
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