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November 8, 2010

Toshiba introduces new Blade-Type SSD series

Capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB

By CBR Staff Writer

Toshiba and Toshiba America Electronic Components have introduced the Blade X-gale SSD series, which is a new form factor in high capacity, high performance solid-state storage.

The new drives are offered in capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, with a maximum sequential read speed of 220MB per second (MB/s) and a maximum sequential write speed of 180MB/s.

The company said that the new SSD series is suited for integration into space-sensitive products, including tablet PCs, laptops, mini-mobile and netbook PCs.

Toshiba America Electronic Components memory business unit vice president Scott Nelson said the density of MLC NAND enables the creation of smaller form factor high density storage offerings.

The new 64GB and 128GB Blade X-gale SSDs are the thinnest available within the company’s portfolio of SSD offerings with a thickness of 2.2mm, the modules are 42% thinner than that of a typical mSATA SSD.

Toshiba said that its advanced wiring technology has assured optimised wiring layouts and data transfer rates in this new form factor.

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"Up to this point, SSD designs followed the basic design of small form factor HDD which does not fully leverage the capabilities of high density NAND technology while Toshiba’s module-based SSDs break with this approach, giving hardware designers greater freedom and flexibility in enabling their product design," Nelson said.

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