Pinout for Samsung/Toshiba 256GB SSD in 2011 MBA??

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Trishnalynn, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. Trishnalynn, Aug 15, 2011
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    Trishnalynn macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking for anyone who might know pinouts for the current 256GB SSDS
     
  2. bizzle macrumors 6502a

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    If you work for a company that makes products like this I'd imagine someone who is employed by said company should be intelligent enough to figure it out.
     
  3. Trishnalynn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, you're right 'b', but we're new to the MBA. hybster, I know you did the 128GB here, got anything for me on the 256?

    bizzle said If you work for a company that makes products like this I'd imagine someone who is employed by said company should be intelligent enough to figure it out.
     
  4. bizzle macrumors 6502a

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    The pin out for the connector on the SSD is the same through all MacBook Air 2010 and 2011 models.
     
  5. Trishnalynn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    formfactor has changed in the 2011 w/ 256GB SSD

    Thanks bizzle. I don't agree. The pinouts have changed as the form factor has changed to a simm/sipp style module and the # of pins chnged too.

    The proprietary SSD from Toshiba/Samsung is labeled as “Blade” SSD…
    --- Not to be confused with this other SSDs since the dimension is totally different (24mm by 108.8mm) very similar to a SDRAM DIMM… It DOES NOT matter what size the drive is since it comes in 64GB (2010 model) to 256GB (2011 model).
    --- All I care for is the 6 + 12 pin-out signals and the solid gold finger on the 2nd side of the SSD.
    --- This is a new form factor device and mainly available as OEM with the exception of one (OWC Mecury Aura Pro Express that cost at least $500)! It has different physical dimension compared the mSATA or mini-PCIe SSD 24mm X 108.9mm vs. 30mm X 51mm.
    --- Furthermore, the “Blade X-gale” came in 2 flavors: SG (available in standard SATA, ‘slim’ SATA and mSATA format)

    · The SSD has contacts on only the “bottom” side with what looks like a ground plate on the “top”. · The connector is split with six pins on one card edge and 12 on the other. A one-sided version thus has 18 pins (plus ground) while a two-sided variant has 36 pins. For comparison, Mini PCIe is a two-sided card edge with 8 pins and then 18 pins, for a total of 52 pins. The 1st observation is the pitch is OK; 1mm, but the notch is not! It’s smaller than the Mini PCIe (1.5mm). So it DOES NOT fit the standard Mini PCIe connector.
     
  6. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Have you contacted the Serial ATA Organization about this? They should know the specs and be able to share them.

    http://www.sata-io.org/
     
  7. Trishnalynn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Hellhammer. None of their links work for the specs and the only drive mfr they have links for is Samsung. No Toshiba, OWC, or Photofast :( Still looking for a hack to pin it out for me. ~tld
     

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