Toshiba Launches High Performance Solid State Drives With MLC NAND Flash Memory

Initial Product Family Includes SATA II SSDs in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB

Capacities, In Modules and 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch Form Factors

Dec 10, 2007, 00:00 ET from Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.

    TOKYO and IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba Corp.
 (Toshiba) and Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)*, its
 subsidiary in the Americas, today announced their entry into the emerging
 market for NAND-flash-based solid-state drives (SSDs) with a series of
 products featuring multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory. Offered in a
 range of form factors and capacities, Toshiba's solid-state drives are
 designed primarily for notebook PCs. They will be showcased at the Consumer
 Electronics Show in Las Vegas, from January 7th to 10th. Samples and mass
 production will follow from the first quarter (January to March) of next
     Moving NAND-based storage architecture forward, Toshiba's first
 solid-state drives offer three capacities: 32 gigabytes(1) (GB), 64GB and
 128GB, in three form factors: an embedded module, and 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch
 drive enclosures. SSDs realize lower power consumption, a faster boot time,
 higher reliability, improved performance and no mechanical sound compared
 to hard disk drives, but market penetration has been held back by low
 densities and high prices. Toshiba's new SSDs integrate an original MLC
 controller supporting fast read-write speed, parallel data transfer, and
 wear-leveling, and achieve performance levels comparable to those of
 single-level cell NAND-flash-based SSDs. By applying MLC technology,
 Toshiba has realized a 128GB capacity in a 1.8-inch form factor. Toshiba
 expects the launch of its MLC NAND-based line-up to speed up the acceptance
 of solid-state memory in laptops and digital consumer products and to widen
 the horizons of the NAND flash market.
     The new products utilize NAND flash memory fabricated with 56nm process
 technology, along with controller chips and DRAM, on a 70.6mm (L) x 53.6mm
 (W) x 3.0mm (H) platform. The maximum read speed is 100MB(2) per second,
 and the maximum write speed is 40MB(2) per second with the SATA II
 interface (transfer rate of 3Gbps(3)), which is compliant with a high-speed
 serial interface. The rated operating life is 1,000,000 hours(4).
Outline of the new products Capacity Type Samples Start of Mass Production 32GB 64GB Module SATA Feb., 2008 March, 2008 128GB 32GB 1.8" SATA 64GB 2.5" SATA Apr., 2008 May, 2008 128GB Product specification Interface Serial ATA-II (3Gbps) Voltage 3.3V (Module, 1.8" type) / 5V (2.5" type) Writing speed Maximum speed 40MB per second (sequential mode) Reading speed Maximum speed 100MB per second (sequential mode) Temperature 0 to 70 degrees Celsius MTTF 1,000,000 hours *About Toshiba Corp. and 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, advanced materials, 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 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, or from your TAEC representative.
(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) Read and write speed may vary depending on the read and write conditions, such as devices you use and file sizes you read and/or write. (For purposes of measuring read and write speed in this context, 1 MB = 1,000,000 bytes). (3) For purposes of measuring data transfer rate in this context, 1 gigabit or Gb = 1,000,000,000 bits. (4) The MTTF (Mean Time to Failure) is not a guarantee or estimate of product life; it is a statistical value related to mean failure rates for a large number of products which may not accurately reflect actual operation. Actual operating life of the product may not resemble the MTTF.

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