OWC Announces Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G–Industry’s First 6Gb/s Solid-State Drives For 2011 Apple MacBook Air

Delivers Over 3x Faster Performance and Up to 4x Greater Capacity than Factory SSD Options

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September 15, 2011 Woodstock, IL – Other World Computing (OWC(r)) http://www.macsales.com,

a leading zero emissions Mac(r) and PC technology company, announced today the
industry’s first 6G SSD upgrade for the 2011 Apple MacBook Air 11.1″ and 13.3″
models. The new OWC Mercury Aura(tm) Pro Express 6G SSDs combine award-winning
SandForce(r) technologies and Tier 1/Grade A Toggle Synchronous NAND to deliver
data rates that are more than 3x faster and capacities that are up to 4x greater
than factory available SSD options. Currently available in two sizes–120GB
and 240GB–the new 6Gb/s SATA 3.0 Revision models continue OWC’s position as
the only alternative to factory SSD options for the 2010-2011 MacBook Air. 3G
speed models from OWC are also available in capacities of up to 480GB.

The OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G offers 2011 MacBook Air owners a cost-effective
SSD upgrade path that delivers higher performance, functionality, and reliability
over the factory installed SSD. Because the Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G SSD is
SATA Revision 3.0 (6Gb/s) compatible, it can take advantage of the 2011 MacBook
Air’s built-in 6Gb/s SATA data bus to deliver peak, sustained data rates over
500MB/s, versus the factory installed SSDs, which are limited by SATA Revision
2.0 (3Gb/s) capability.

No Slow-down with Repeated Use
While ordinary SSDs initially offer fast read/write performance; they experience
significant write speed degradation over repeated usage. Independent simulation
tests conducted by leading drive performance experts like MacPerformanceGuide
confirm OWC Mercury SSD’s ultra-efficient Block Management & Wear Leveling technologies
are able to eliminate virtually any reduction in data transfer speeds over heavy,
long-term usage without dependency on less-than-effective OS TRIM management.

Up to 100X Greater Data Protection
Utilizing SandForce DuraClass(tm) technology, the OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express
6G provides an increase of up to 100X in data protection, compared to ordinary
SSDs and leading enterprise-class hard disk drives. By combining the highest
level of Error Correction Code (ECC) and SandForce RAISE(tm) (Redundant Array
of Independent Silicon Elements) technology, along with 7% over provisioning,
the Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G provides RAID-like data protection and reliability
without loss of transfer speed due to parity.

„As the first and only SSD alternative to factory installed options in Apple’s
2010 and 2011 MacBook Air models, the Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G sets the bar
high. We’re extremely excited to offer this model which completely eclipses any
factory installed SSD and gives MacBook Air users the leading performance our
Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSDs have been delivering to MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro,
and PC owners,“ said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing.
„Our new Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G models enable 2011 MacBook Air owners to
unleash substantially higher performance capabilities that are otherwise unrealized
and limited by the factory drive.“

OWC’s new Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G leverages the proven success of its previously
released 3G model. 2010-2011 MacBook Air owners seeking maximum storage/backup
capacity can replace their factory installed SSD with up to 8x greater capacity
offered by the OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express 3G SSD. Available in capacities up
to 480GB, the 3G model SSD also delivers up to 68% faster performance in real
world use.

Pricing, Availability
Compatible with 11.1″ and 13.3″ 2011 MacBook Air models, the OWC Mercury Aura
Pro Express 6G is available now from Other World Computing as well as through
select retailers. Both models include 7% over provisioning, Toggle Synchronous
NAND and a three-year warranty. The 120GB version has an MSRP of $349.99 and
the 240GB version has an MSRP of $599.99.