Kingmax shows off 1TB 2.5-inch SSD

Memory specialist Kingmax has announced its latest creation, and it's a doozy: the first commercial-grade 2.5-inch SSD to boast a 1TB storage capacity.

Using the company's Eight Stacked Die packaging technology, Kingmax has been able to squeeze a whole terabyte of high-speed storage into a standard-sized 2.5-inch chassis - meaning the drive can be used as a drop-in replacement for existing hard drives in both laptops and desktops.

Despite its high capacity, the drive measures just 7mm thick - making it suitable for most laptops - and offers performance of around 260MB/s read and 210MB/s write via a SATA II interface.

The extra capacity does come at a cost, however: the drive draws more power than its smaller brethren from the same range, requiring around 4.5W under load compared to between 1W and 3W for the 64GB-512GB models.

"In additional to consumer application of SSD products, we have a good prospect on industrial application of SSD in the future, such as POS, ATM, Arcade Game and other customized requests," noted Kingmax's senior vice president Cheng Qian Zhang at the launch.

There's one piece of information that has yet to be released, however: the price. With SSDs still fetching a signficant premium over their mechanical counterparts, and Zhang's reference to industrial and commercial use, we're expecting Kingmax to be charging a pretty penny for its latest storage device.