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Toshiba unveils a 43nm MLC SSD with 512GB of storage

Among the issues that some users have with SSDs are price and storage capacity. It's easy to recognize that SSD perform better than a traditional HDD, but it's very difficult to argue that the increased performance justifies the often many fold increase in price an SSD commands over similar traditional HDDs.

Toshiba has addressed the easiest to defeat of the two concerns -- storage capacity. Toshiba is the first company to introduce a 512GB SSD built on 43nm MLC NAND technology. The 512GB SSD uses a traditional notebook 2.5-inch form factor and is aimed at the consumer notebook space.

Alongside the 512GB SSD Toshiba has also announced other SSDs using the same 43nm MLC technology including SSDs with 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB of storage. All of the drives use advanced MLC controller technology, which allows them to achieve higher read/write speeds, parallel data transfers and wear leveling.

The 512GB SSD is capable of maximum sequential read speeds of 240MB per second and write speeds of 200MB per second. Along with high-performance, the drives also offer AES data encryption to protect data stored on the drive.

Toshiba VP of Semiconductor Company Kiyoshi Kobayashi said in a statement, "The solid state drive market is evolving rapidly, with higher performance drives to meet market requirements, and differentiated product families targeted for appropriate applications. This new 43nm SSD family balances value/performance characteristics for its targeted consumer applications, through use of MLC NAND and an advanced controller architecture."

Toshiba says that SSDs should grab 10% of the notebook market in 2010 and grow that to 25% by 2012. Toshiba introduced its SSD line in December of 2007 and unveiled its first MLC 256GB SSD in September of 2008.

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1 Terabyte SSD
By LTG on 12/18/2008 12:54:23 PM , Rating: 5
1) Toshiba "unveils" a 43nm MLC SSD with 512GB of storage

2) I hereby "unveil" a 1TB 32nm SSD to be manufactured in my house.

- Neither one can actually be bought
- Neither one has hard pricing
- Neither one has any hard availability date

Toshiba is a tough competitor but so far I've matched them on this one...

RE: 1 Terabyte SSD
By inighthawki on 12/18/2008 12:59:29 PM , Rating: 5
+1 if i didnt already reply :P

RE: 1 Terabyte SSD
By TomZ on 12/18/08, Rating: -1
RE: 1 Terabyte SSD
By UNHchabo on 12/18/2008 1:59:09 PM , Rating: 5
If he promises the same thing, it'll take at least 3 months for him to be proven wrong...

RE: 1 Terabyte SSD
By on 12/18/08, Rating: -1
RE: 1 Terabyte SSD
By StevoLincolnite on 12/18/2008 6:36:58 PM , Rating: 2
What can be worse than a spinning device?

A spinning device that refuses to spin?

RE: 1 Terabyte SSD
By saiga6360 on 12/18/08, Rating: 0
RE: 1 Terabyte SSD
By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 12/22/2008 3:12:56 PM , Rating: 2
It's all vaporware until it is on the shelf.

RE: 1 Terabyte SSD
By cochy on 12/18/2008 2:10:40 PM , Rating: 2
Haha too funny. I don't even read any articles that have the word SSD it in. By chance I click on this one just to see if I can skim quickly to a price. Nope, but see your comment was right on the money.

RE: 1 Terabyte SSD
By 16nm on 12/18/2008 3:53:48 PM , Rating: 5
- Neither one can actually be bought
- Neither one has hard pricing
- Neither one has any hard availability date
True dat, but one manufacturer has the needed reputation the other lacks. ;)

RE: 1 Terabyte SSD
By The0ne on 12/18/2008 4:06:18 PM , Rating: 3
Point #2 is what this is all about actually. Competition will drive the technologies and eventually the prices. Announcement competition happens all the time in every industry and it's great :)

RE: 1 Terabyte SSD
By jadeskye on 12/18/2008 7:55:11 PM , Rating: 4
damn i wish i could unveil you a 6 :p

RE: 1 Terabyte SSD
By bribud on 12/19/2008 8:56:12 AM , Rating: 2
Paper launch!!

Hot dogs
By Jimbo1234 on 12/19/2008 12:11:18 AM , Rating: 2
All I could think about when I saw the name "Kobayashi" was the hot dog eating guy.

RE: Hot dogs
By Jimbo1234 on 12/19/2008 12:15:45 AM , Rating: 2
Although he finally lost!

Eating, on a sports site of all things. Only in America.

RE: Hot dogs
By jeff834 on 12/22/2008 1:09:46 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah only in America...but have you seen some of the crap they put on TV in Japan? They're the crazy ones.

By TomZ on 12/18/2008 12:19:30 PM , Rating: 3
From the article:
Toshiba says that it expects to grab 10% of the total SSD market in 2010 and grow that to 25% by 2012. Toshiba introduced its SSD line in December of 2007 and unveiled its first MLC 256GB SSD in September of 2008.
From the Toshiba press release:
Toshiba and many market analysts expect SSDs to begin to gain significant traction in the market in 2009, growing to approximately 10% of the notebook market by 2010, and 25% of the notebook market by 2012.
In other words, the 10% and 25% figures are SSD-in-notebook market share, not Toshiba market share.

RE: Correction
By fteoath64 on 12/20/2008 1:59:51 AM , Rating: 2
I think its a poker move by Toshiba to flush out the competitors at this point. Like Intel, which places a huge premium and then decided to target enterprise customers and do a partnership with Kingston for consumer distribution of X25-m, Toshiba will want to cream the first phase at their higher price. Its a limited time window, so all players are cautious.

We would all love to see one seller like OCZ or G.skill who will quickly sell at more consumer friendly prices and move boatloads of these things. The market has been waiting for almost a year now and the suppliers wanted to wait a quarter or two just to play this game ?.

Price or GTFO!
By StraightPipe on 12/18/2008 2:59:02 PM , Rating: 5
Nothing else to say here.

did i miss the prices?
By niva on 12/18/2008 12:07:53 PM , Rating: 2
I'm glad these drives are getting better and cheaper, I'm glad I waited. Now it's almost at the point where I want to try one of these in my machine so it's time to start looking at the prices...

RE: did i miss the prices?
By inighthawki on 12/18/2008 12:15:29 PM , Rating: 2
Even being an MLC based SSD though, your going to have to wait if you want it at a decent price. Just considering the read/write performance on the drive it going to be high priced, but then keep it mind its a 512GB drive and factor that in.

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