Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Toshiba releasing 128GB solid state drive

Toshiba reports: [edited]

Toshiba Corporation today announced its entry into the emerging market for NAND-flash-based solid state drive (SSD) with a series of products featuring multilevel-cell NAND flash memories.

Offered in a range of form factors and densities, Toshiba's solid state drives are designed primarily for notebook PCs. They will be showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, from January 7th to 10th. Samples and mass production will follow from the first quarter (January to March) of next year.

Moving NAND-based storage architecture forward, Toshiba's first solid state drives offer three densities: 32 gigabytes (GB), 64GB and 128GB.

Toshiba's new SSD integrate an original MLC controller supporting fast read-write speeds, parallel data transfers and wear leveling, and achieve performance levels comparable to those of single-level NAND flash SSD.

By applying MLC technology, Toshiba has realized a 128GB density in a 1.8 inch form factor. Toshiba expects the launch of its SSD line-up to speed up acceptance of solid state memory in laptops and digital consumer products, and to widen the horizons of the NAND flash market.

The maximum read speed is 100MB a second, and the maximum write speed of 40MB a second with the SATA2 interface (transfer rate of 3Gbps), which is compliant with high speed serial interface. The operating life is 1,000,000 hours.


Brecon said...

what exactly are they? The blog doesnt seem to quite explain, are they similar to a usb stick or completely differe

brett jordan said...

hi brecon, they are a solid-state hard drive... with the advantage of no moving parts and lower power consumption... ideal for a small laptop (http://x1brettstuff.blogspot.com/2007/12/possible-niche-for-macbook-nano.html)

Anonymous said...

A unified memory architecture for desktop machines seems closer to being realized (it's already been the case for limited-memory devices like the Palm..which support XIP- eXecute In Place).

Does this mark a turn for the future of computing?

It doesn't solve e-waste and the power consumption problems however.