Toshiba Expands TransMemory(TM) USB Flash Memory Line-Up Including Windows ReadyBoost(TM) for External Windows Vista(TM) Memory New TransMemory U2K Series Enhanced for Windows ReadyBoost in 1GB to 8GB

Capacities; 32GB Version to be Available by Year-End



    IRVINE, Calif., July 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba America Electronic
 Components, Inc. (TAEC)* announced today that it has expanded its
 TransMemory(TM) family of USB flash memory devices including Windows
 ReadyBoost(TM) for use with Microsoft(R) Windows Vista(TM) operating
 system. Developed by Toshiba Corp. (Toshiba), the TransMemory U2K Series
 includes Windows ReadyBoost functionality that enables users to boost
 system responsiveness of PCs running Vista by using USB memory as external
 memory. The Windows Vista operating system allows qualifying USB flash
 drives enhanced for Windows ReadyBoost to provide additional system memory,
 thus making PCs more responsive. The new Toshiba TransMemory U2K Series USB
 flash drives will initially be available in capacities from 1GB1 to 8GB in
 October, with a 32GB version planned by year-end.
     Outline of Toshiba TransMemory USB Flash Drives Enhanced for Windows
 ReadyBoost
 
 
 
     Product Name               Part Number     Capacity     Availability
                                 U2K-008GT        8GB          October
     TransMemory                 U2K-004GT        4GB
                                 U2K-002GT        2GB
                                 U2K-001GT        1GB
 
     TransMemory 32GB            U2G-032GT        32GB         December
     Limited Edition
     Background and purpose of development
     Recently, demand for high capacity USB flash drives enhanced for
 Windows ReadyBoost has been steadily increasing the market for USB flash
 memory. Personal computers running Windows Vista have fostered development
 of increasingly large capacity flash drives, and also the need for
 ReadyBoost functionality. In response, Toshiba has developed the U2K series
 and the 32GB Limited Edition high capacity version, which include Windows
 ReadyBoost.
     Key Features
     TransMemory U2K Series (enhanced for Windows ReadyBoost)
 
     -- Supports the ReadyBoost function of Windows Vista
     -- Downloadable password lock system
     -- Cap cord to prevent loss of cap
 
     TransMemory 32GB Limited Edition (enhanced for Windows ReadyBoost)
 
     -- Supports the ReadyBoost function of Windows Vista
     -- Large storage capacity of 32GB
     -- Downloadable password lock system
 
 
     Specifications of New Products
 
     Item Description         TransMemory                  TransMemory
                              U2K Series               32GB Limited Edition
 
     Capacity               1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB                32GB
 
     ReadyBoost Function                      Supported
 
     Interface               USB1.1/USB2.0 Hi-Speed Compatible(2)
 
     Power Supply Voltage    Bus powered from USB port.
 
     External Size           63(L)�18.5(W)�8(H)mm     81(L)�20(W)�8(H)mm
 
     Weight                  Approximately 8.5g         Approximately 12g
                            (main body only)           (main body only)
 
     Operating               Operating temp.:  0 degrees C to 50 degrees C
     Environment             Storage temp.:  -20 degrees C to  60 degrees C
                             Operational and storage humidity: 5~95%RH
                                                           (non-condensing)
 
     Compatible PC Models    USB Interface (Type A) with Windows(R)
                             2000, Windows(R) XP, Windows Vista(TM) or
                             Mac OS 10.0.2 and beyond
     NAND Flash Background
     Toshiba was a principal innovator of NAND- and NOR-type Flash memory
 technology in the 1980's and maintains leadership in Flash technology
 today, with a complete line of removable and embedded NAND solutions to
 meet various application requirements. NAND Flash has become one of the
 leading technologies for solid-state storage applications because of its
 high-speed programming capability, high-speed erasing, and low cost. The
 sequential nature (serial access) of NAND-based Flash memory provides
 notable advantages for these block-oriented data storage applications.
 Toshiba's NAND Flash memory products are optimized for general solid-state
 storage, image file storage and audio for applications such as solid-state
 disk drives, digital cameras, audio appliances, set-top boxes and
 industrial storage.
     *About TAEC
     Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable
 electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create
 market-leading designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product
 breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, distributions and fabless chip
 companies worldwide. A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba
 designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions,
 discrete devices, displays, medical tubes, custom SoCs/ASICs, digital
 multimedia and imaging products, microcontrollers and wireless components
 that make possible today's leading cell phones, MP3 players, cameras,
 medical devices, automotive electronics and more.
     Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating
 company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba
 Corporation, Japan's largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world's
 fourth largest semiconductor manufacturer (iSuppli, World's Top
 Semiconductor Supplier Rankings in 2006). For additional company and
 product information, please visit http://www.toshiba.com/taec/. For
 technical inquiries, please e-mail Tech.Questions@taec.toshiba.com.
     Information in this press release, including product pricing and
 specifications, content of services and contact information, is current and
 believed to be accurate on the date of the announcement, but is subject to
 change without prior notice. Technical and application information
 contained here is subject to the most recent applicable Toshiba product
 specifications. In developing designs, please ensure that Toshiba products
 are used within specified operating ranges as set forth in the most recent
 Toshiba product specifications and the information set forth in Toshiba's
 "Handling Guide for Semiconductor Devices," or "Toshiba Semiconductor
 Reliability Handbook." This information is available at
 http://www.chips.toshiba.com, or from your TAEC representative.
     TransMemory(TM) is a trademark of Toshiba Corporation.
     Windows, Vista and ReadyBoost are trademarks or registered trademarks
 of Microsoft Corporation.
     All other trademarks and tradenames held within are the properties of
 their respective holders.
     (1) When used herein in relation to memory density, gigabyte and/or GB
         means 1,024x1,024x1,024 = 1,073,741,824 bytes.  Usable capacity may
         be less.  For details, please refer to specifications.
     (2) USB2.0 Hi-Speed is the name of a compatibility standard and is not
         intended to indicate a particular operating speed.
     MEMY 07 484
 
 

SOURCE Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.

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