Do you remember that short article we posted some time back about the 11-inch Macbook Air using SSDs of a proprietary form factor? Apparently, it seems that the aforementioned ‘proprietary’ form factor is no longer all that ‘proprietary’ any more. Shortly after Photofast had announced its line of SSD upgrades for the Air, Toshiba has announced its own line of SSDs built to what it calls the Blade-X form factor specially developed for use in ultrathin notebook PCs like the Macbook Air. The only question now is whether OEMs will bite.

Read on to view the press release from Toshiba.

Toshiba Introduces High Performance Blade-Type SSD Modules with Capacities up to 256GB

Toshiba Corp. (Toshiba) and Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)  announced the Blade X-gale SSD series, an innovative new form factor in high capacity, high performance solid-state storage.

Available now, the new drives are offered in capacities of 64-gigabyte (GB), 128GB and 256GB, with a maximum sequential read speed of 220MB per second (MB/s and a maximum sequential write speed of 180MB/s. Ideally suited for integration into space-sensitive products, including tablet PCs, laptops, mini-mobile and netbook PCs, Toshiba’s latest SSD offering helps these devices achieve a super slim profile.

As mobile devices get smaller and lighter, yet even more feature packed than ever, the SSDs inside them are the heart of storing all of the music and other entertainment data must be even smaller, and much thinner. Toshiba’s new 64GB and 128GB Blade X-gale SSDs are the thinnest available within the company’s comprehensive portfolio of SSD solutions.

At a thickness of 2.2mm, the modules are 42 percent thinner than that of a typical mSATA SSD, and Toshiba’s advanced wiring technology has assured optimized wiring layouts and data transfer rates in this new form factor. Thanks to Toshiba’s base design technology that minimizes board warpage during thinning, 256GB capacity can be achieved when mounted on both sides, the largest density in the industry for small type SSD modules. Toshiba also offers designers a choice of mSATA and Half-Slim SSD modules in capacities up to 128GB.

Toshiba will continue to promote innovations that widen the horizons of the NAND Flash market and support the company’s continued leadership in that market. As such, Toshiba will generate demand for SSDs in notebook PCs, netbooks, laptops, and digital consumer products by enhancing its line-up, offering products with various densities and interfaces in a range of packages – while also advancing device performance.

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 Capacity  64GB 128GB 256GB
 Interface micro-SATA 2.6 (3Gbps)
 Voltage 3.3V
 Read speed Maximum Read Speed 220MB/s (sequential mode)
 Write speed Maximum Write Speed 180MB/s (sequential mode)
 Size Width: 24.0mm
 Height: 2.2mm
 Length: 108.9mm
 Width: 24.0mm
 Height: 3.7mm
 Length: 108.9mm 
 Weight 9.8g 13.2g 
 Mean Time to Failure (MFT)  1 million hours

Source: Toshiba


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