Next year is still over a month away, and there is no guarantee that Intel will launch its SSD 525 series as early as the first month, but information about the drives is somehow not sparse.
The folks at VR-Zone have been able to get a 180 GB SSD from the series and test how well data passes on the inside and through the mSATA connection.
The LSI-SandForce SF-2281 processor showed its worth, managing 504 MB/s when reading and a respectable 468 MB/s when writing.
Meanwhile, the 4K random write performance was of 55,841 IOPS.
These results have been provided by the Anvil Storage Utilities benchmark and suggest good things for ultrabooks and laptops in general, for that matter.
Overall, the 20nm MLC-based drive is not as large as 2.5-inch SATA SSDs, but almost as fast.