Toshiba launches 256-Gbyte solid state drives with MLC -

Toshiba launches 256-Gbyte solid state drives with MLC


Irvine, Calif., and Tokyo—Toshiba Corp. has enhanced its line up of NAND-flash-based solid state drives (SSD) with the addition of a 256-Gbyte SSD and the launch of small-sized flash modules for netbook computers, ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs) and other mobile and peripheral applications.

The company also added small size 8-Gbyte, 16-Gbyte and 32-Gbyte flash modules for netbooks to enhanced line-up.

The new drives will be showcased at CEATEC in Makuhari, Japan, from September 30 to October 4.

Toshiba's high density SSD brings 256-Gbyte of capacity to a 2.5-inch drive form factor with an advanced Multi-level Cell (MLC) controller that achieves higher read-write speeds, parallel data transfers and wear-leveling to optimize performance, reliability and endurance. Alongside this, Toshiba provides support for the growing market for small, netbook computers, UMPCs and other personal equipment with the launch of small SSD flash modules supporting 8-Gbyte, 16-Gbyte and 32-Gbyte densities.

The 256-Gbyte SSD mounts NAND flash memory on a 70.6mm (L) x 53.6mm (W) x 3.0mm (H) platform. The drive offers performance characteristics essential for today's mainstream notebook PCs: highly reliable, high density data storage and support for fast data transfer rates, with a maximum read speed of 120-Mbyte/s and maximum write speed of 70-Mbyte/s, via a SATA 3.0-Gbyte/s interface.

Flash modules are fabricated on a 50mm x 30mm platform, and offer maximum read and write speeds of 80-Mbyte/s and 50-Mbyte/s, respectively. Flash modules are also compatible with the SATA interface and will support continued development of the fast growing market for netbook PCs, UMPCs and mobile and peripheral applications by offering developers a wider range of SSD for integration in differentiated products.

Pricing: Samples—256-Gbyte SSD: $946; flash module 8-Gbyte: $47; flash module 16-Gbyte: $95; flash module 32-Gbyte: $189.
Availability: Samples are available now, with mass production following in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc.,

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