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
64GB Module SATA Feb., 2008 March, 2008
32GB 1.8" SATA
64GB 2.5" SATA Apr., 2008 May, 2008
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 http://www.toshiba.com/taec/.
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.
(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
SOURCE Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.