It appears that Apple's
brand new MacBook Air isn't going to be the only notebook on the
market to have access to Toshiba's new small form factor SSDs.
announced today that it will be making its Blade X-gale SSDs
available to its other customers.
The capacities for the modules are
identical to those in the new MacBook Airs: 64GB (single-side), 128GB
(single-side), and 256GB (double-stacked). The SSDs offer maximum
read speeds of 220 MB/sec and maximum write speeds of 180 MB/sec.
"Until recently, storage designers
looking for high capacity storage had accommodated the size of HDD
into their designs," said Scott Nelson, vice president, Memory
Business Unit, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. "Up
to this point, SSD designs also followed the basic design of small
form factor HDD - which does not fully leverage the capabilities of
high density NAND technology. Toshiba's module-based SSDs break
with this approach, giving hardware designers greater freedom and
flexibility in enabling their product design."
Toshiba isn't the only one making SSDs
available using this particular mSATA form factor. PhotoFast
announced its The GM2
SFV1 Air SSD – which uses the SandForce SF-1200 controller –
is also available in capacities of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The The
GM2 SFV1 Air offers read/write speeds of 250 MB/sec.