The SATA microSSD™ standard for embedded solid state drives (SSDs) offers a high-performance, low-cost, embedded storage solution for mobile computing platforms like ultra-thin laptops. The microSSD specification eliminates the module connector from the traditional SATA Interface, enabling developers to produce a single-chip SATA implementation for embedded storage applications.

The specification defines a new electrical pin-out that allows SATA to be delivered using a single ball grid array (BGA) package. The BGA package sits directly on the motherboard, supporting the SATA interface without a connecting module. By eliminating the connector the microSSD standard enables the smallest physical SATA implementation to date, making it an ideal solution for embedding storage in small form factor devices.

Additional Resources:
• Press Release: SATA-IO Introduces New Standard for Embedded SSDs
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