Mach Xtreme Demos MacBook Air Compatible SSDs
Mach Xtreme is showing off their MacBook Air compatible SSD at Computex. The Katana MX Performance, based on the SandForce SF-1200 controller, has been engineered to be fully compatible with Apple's proprietary interface and promises a performance increase from the stock SSD.
Mach Xtreme, a manufacturer of flash and memory products, is showing off MacBook Air compatible SSD at Computex. Marketing manager Tomasz Swatowski showed us a late-2010 MacBook Air running with the Katana MX Performance SSD installed.
According to Swatowski, Mach Xtreme's engineers spent several months reverse engineering Apple's proprietary connector. The Katana MX uses a SandForce SF-1200 controller, and will be available in 60GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities. Unless you are willing to trade capacity for performance, the smaller options do not seem that appealing.
The Katana MX will most likely be released as an upgrade kit, bundled with all the tools necessary to perform the change. Photofast released a similar product not long after the MacBook Air's refresh, but later ceased sales apparently to maintain its relationship with Apple. OWC continues to sell an SSD upgrade kit (also SandForce-based) in sizes ranging from 180GB to 480GB.
In case you're wondering, the default MacBook Air 2010 SSD uses a Toshiba controller. We reviewed a Kingston SSD using the same controller recently and found that its performance is not really that great.
For users of the older MacBook Air, Mach Xtreme also has a 1.8" SSD, the NanoZ, that has been custom-made to use a compatible ZIF connector.
Besides these, Mach Xtreme has a whole range of SSDs in standard form factors catering to consumer as well as industrial markets. Among these is a mSATA SSD intended for use as a cache drive. Mach Xtreme also sells memory modules.