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Toshiba spreads the wealth with its Blade X-gale SSDs

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. Toshiba 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.



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Controller?
By Gungel on 11/8/2010 7:30:55 AM , Rating: 2
So what controller does Toshiba use on their drives, if PhotoFast is going with a SandForce 1200? It must be different, because it's slower.




RE: Controller?
By Galcobar on 11/8/2010 7:38:55 AM , Rating: 2
Perhaps a Toshiba controller, but not the T6UG1XBG used in Kingston's ssdNOW V and V+ lines given how low the specs are on that controller.


RE: Controller?
By Gungel on 11/8/2010 7:41:42 AM , Rating: 2
Does the Toshiba controller support Trim and or idle garbage collection?


Those look an awful lot like...
By vectorm12 on 11/8/2010 10:34:11 AM , Rating: 2
Aren't those the same formfactor as the ones used in the early Asus eeePCs?




By michael2k on 11/8/2010 11:58:03 AM , Rating: 2
The same form factor, but not the same interface I believe. Eee PC used mPCIe for the connector and interface while these drives use mPCIe for the connector and SATA for the interface. It's technically mSATA I think.


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