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Toshiba debuts 512GB SSD with 240MB/s read speed

Posted on Thursday, December 18 2008 @ 20:29:30 CET by

Toshiba rolled out world's first 2.5" solid state disk with a capacity of 512GB! This disk features 43nm MLC NAND chips which achieve a max read speed of 240MB/s and max write speed of 200MB/s.

Samples will be available in Q1 2009 and mass production is slated for Q2 2009. The 2.5" SATA II lineup will feature 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB SSDs. Furthermore, Toshiba will also ship 1.8" SATA II and 1.8" flash module SATA II models, with capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.
In addition to the 2.5-inch, 512GB drive, the 43nm NAND SSD family also includes capacities of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB, offered in 1.8-inch or 2.5-inch drive enclosures or as SSD Flash Modules. Samples of the new drives will be available in first quarter (January to March) 2009, with mass production in the second quarter (April to June) 2009.

Toshiba's second-generation SSDs bring increased capacity and performance for notebook computers, utilizing an advanced MLC controller which is also compatible with further advanced process, that achieves higher read/write speeds, parallel data transfers and wear leveling to optimize performance, reliability and endurance. The drives enable improved system responsiveness with a maximum sequential read speed of 240MB per second (MBps) and maximum sequential write speed of 200MBps, enabling an improvement in overall computing experience, and faster boot and application loading times. The drives also offer AES data encryption to prevent unauthorized data access.

"The solid state drive market is evolving rapidly, with higher performance drives to meet market requirements, and differentiated product families targeted for appropriate applications,” said Mr. Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Vice President of Toshiba Corporation's Semiconductor Company. "This new 43nm SSD family balances value/performance characteristics for its targeted consumer applications, through use of MLC NAND and an advanced controller architecture."

Toshiba and many market analysts expect SSDs to begin to gain significant traction in the market in 2009, growing to approximately 10% of the notebook market by 2010, and 25% of the notebook market by 2012. Toshiba expects the value/performance of its MLC NAND-based SSD line-up to help speed the acceptance of solid state storage.

Toshiba will continue to promote innovations that widen the horizons of the NAND Flash market and support its continued leadership in that market. The company will spur demand for SSD in notebook PCs, netbooks and digital consumer products by enhancing its lineup, offering products with different densities and interfaces in a range of packages, while advancing device performance.


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Re: Toshiba debuts 512GB SSD with 240MB/s read speed
by Anonymous on Friday, December 19 2008 @ 13:45:46 CET
Intel's controller is fantastic, so we'll have to see how the new Samsung stacks up. Multitasking and other specific activities would slow the former Samsung to a crawl, so this new drive needs to see to get to testers and reviewed asap.

Secondly, not a single comment on durability? When these drives start dying in a year or two, folks are going to be angry. Durability is one of the key areas a buyer is looking at, and they don't even talk about it. Perhaps it's still in testing.


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