Skip to comments.Toshiba Launches Industry's First 512 GB SSD
Posted on 12/23/2008 6:05:02 AM PST by Red Badger
Toshiba announced today the expansion of their line up of NAND-flash-based solid state drives (SSD) with the industry's first 2.5-inch 512 GB SSD and a broad family of fast read/write SSD's based on 43 nanometer Multi-Level Cell NAND.
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.
These 2nd generation SSD's offer increased capacity and performance for notebook computers. They utilize an advanced MLC controller that achieves higher read/write speeds, parallel data transfers and wear leveling to optimize performance, reliability and endurance.
These drives enable improved system responsiveness with a maximum sequential read speed of 240MBps and maximum sequential write speed of 200MBps. This faster response time enhances overall computing experience and allows for faster boot and application loading. The drives also offer AES data encryption to prevent unauthorized data access.
Toshiba as well as many market analysts expect SSD's to begin significant deployment in the market in 2009. With further growth, in the notebook market, expected around 10% by 2010 and 25% by 2012.
The new drives provide a high level of performance and endurance for use in notebook computers, gaming and home entertainment systems. These SSD's will be showcased at International CES 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 8 - 11, 2009. Mass production will begin in the second quarter of 2009 (April to June).
Had a good laugh as we were selling 64k ram business systems for $6,000.
Nice. Do SSDs run cooler than regular HDs?
My company had one of those............
They should. No moving parts..............
Let me know when Win-doze allows boot-from-flash. I’ll be carrying my PC in my wallet!
You lost me in the first sentence!
I have NOT seen these SSD drives marketed to desktops - any reason why not?
Bill Gates: When they pry my cold dead hands off your BIOS..............
Amazing, isn’t it?
Around the time you were managing the store, I was hired to program a computer controlled (CNC) machine tool. The company had spent literally millions on this machine and the 10 MB hard drive on the machine was it’s pride and joy.
The entire computer (with hard drive) was housed in it’s own air-conditioned walk in cabinet. The hard drive was belt-driven, and if the machine was down for a while the hard drive would throw it’s belt upon reboot. I had to go into the cabinet and fix the belt whenever the machine was cold!
$$$ maybe? I don't know..............
As I recall, my original 1984 IBM PC came with 256K. I paid about $250 hard earned bucks to add a 256K expansion card. That got me up to 512K, some of which I would carve off for a “virtual disk” that I would use to load up Lotus 123. We were strictly text mode in those days but Lotus 123 was a remarkable program for it’s time. It was small and it was fast even on my ancient IBM.
It’s smaller, faster, cheaper and more reliable because it has no moving parts...............
"within 100 years, computers will be twice as powerful, 10,000 times larger, and so expensive that only the five richest kings of Europe will own them."
Those were the days
Visicalc was cool too.
The days of the clunky CPU sitting on your floor are going the way of the CRT monitor. Everyting offered by the big boys like Dell, HP will be all in ones like the iMac. A wireless keyboard and mouse with a slim 24 inch monitor. Expect prices to fall even further with the average quad core SSD driven, 8 gig of RAM machine running about 700 bucks. With consoles nudging out PC based games even further video card guys like ATI and Nvidia will have an even harder time selling stand alone video hardware.
I’m eyeing the currently available Intel SATA SSD for a new Mac Pro tower. It’s “only” 32 GB, but offers seek times in the microseconds, 250 MB/s reads and 170 MB/s writes. Plus no noise and low power consumption - it’ll be the spot for OS, swap file, and critical apps. A bit expensive at $700 or so, I’d like to see pricing on these Toshibas. I bet the 512 GB model costs a pretty penny!
BTW, there’s no need for “boot from flash”, these look like regular hard drives to the OS.