DigiTimes received word that Intel is cooperating with PC vendors and NAND flash firms to unify specifications for mSATA SSDs for ultrabooks. The site heard that the new SSD specification for ultrabooks will likely be finalized in September.
The new SSD specification is expected to be fully adopted into ultrabooks in 2013, but whether it will become a standard specification for traditional notebooks will depend on PC brand vendors' attitudes.
However, although PC players are optimistic about Intel's plans to unify SSD specifications, they are also concerned about follow-up issues such as left-over inventories old components.
The sources revealed that Intel wishes to unify mSATA SSD specifications into one single standard – Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF) – with most PC brand vendors as well as NAND flash makers such as Micron, SanDisk and Samsung Electronics, all participating in the discussion.