updated 07:25 am EDT, Wed October 27, 2010
PhotoFast intros drop-in SSD MacBook Air kit
Japan's PhotoFast had the distinction of becoming the first company to offer a storage upgrade for the new MacBook Air. The GM2 SFV1 Air not only gives an SSD in the narrow card format needed for the Air but goes beyond what Apple itself is delivering. It gives the 11-inch model its first 256GB option and uses a SandForce SF1200 memory controller that should be about 30 percent faster than the original, at 250MB per second peak in read and write performance.
Along with the drive itself is a USB 3.0 adapter shell. The kit gives MacBook Air owners a way of importing information from the original drive or for a future replacement computer. It still works with USB 2.0 but can use the full speed of the SSD for those who eventually upgrade to USB 3.0-capable Macs.
PhotoFast has said the kits also come in 64GB and 128GB capacities, but it hasn't revealed pricing and will likely be determined by Japan's open pricing system. The company is looking for distributors outside of its home country. [via Akihabara]