Toshiba brings 512GB SSD for laptops

Saturday, December 20, 2008 Leave a Comment

Toshiba has introduced what it says is the first 2.5-inch, 512-GB solid-state drive for notebooks.
The drives will also be available in capacities of 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB, which will be enclosed in 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch enclosures.

Toshiba’s second-generation SSDs include a multilevel cell controller that achieves read/write speeds of 240 MBps and 200 MBps, respectively. The drives also offer data encryption that complies with the Advanced Encryption Standard. Other specs include a serial ATA-2 interface and a mean time between failures of 1 million hours. Depending on the model, the drives weigh from a half-ounce to about 2 ounces. Samples of the new products will be available in the first quarter of next year, with mass production scheduled for the second quarter. Toshiba did not disclose pricing.

SSDs are typically lighter, are more durable, consume less power, and deliver higher performance than traditional hard-disk drives. The technology, however, costs much more per gigabyte than HDDs. As a result, SSDs are used in select applications, such as mini-laptops where less weight and more durability in a storage device are important.

Source: InformationWeek


  • I am a lover of children's literature said:  

    My biggest complaint with these drives is, as you pointed out, the higher costs involved.

    However, as with most technological advancements, these ultimately drop significantly as was the case recently with large LCD screen tv's.

    That said, the world's first 512GB is truly great news and I would just love to have one of these puppies in a new 15-inch MacBook Pro..... damn, I hate being poor!