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Toshiba Launches First 512 GB SSD

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Toshiba announces the industry's first 2.5-inch 512 GB SSD.

Just weeks before CES 2009, a time when companies get to showcase their newest products side by side, Toshiba pulls an ace out of its sleeve by unveiling its new 512 GB SSD. The new drive has double the capacity of any previously announced 2.5-inch SSD, but unfortunately it seems the drive will be just for show right now, as mass production is not planned until the second quarter of 2009.

Alongside the new 512 GB SSD, Toshiba also announced today new 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB SSDs in 2.5-inch, 1.8-inch and flash module form-factors. All the new SSDs use Toshiba's second-generation SSD technology, featuring 43 nm Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND memory, along with fast sequential read and write speeds of up to 240 MB/s and 200 MB/s, respectively.

The new SSDs also include AES data encryption, a Mean Time to Fail (MTTF) of one million hours and are equipped with a serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s interface. Samples of the new drives will be available in the first quarter of 2009, but as for price, all we know is that Toshiba will be targeting consumers with these new drives. Toshiba expects SSDs to make up 10-percent of the notebook market by 2010 and 25-percent of the notebook market by 2012. With the introduction of high-performance 512 GB SSDs, the only advantage traditional notebook hard drives still seem to have any more is a low cost.

Please find below a chart comparing a select few high-capacity SSDs.  Speeds are according to manufacture's specifications.


SizesMax Seq. ReadMax Seq. WriteForm FactorSSD Type
Toshiba's New SSD
64 to 512 GB
240 MB/s
200 MB/s
2.5-inch
MLC
Toshiba's Previous SSD256 GB
120 MB/s   
70 MB/s
2.5-inchMLC
Super Talent UltraDrive ME16 to 256 GB
200 MB/s
160 MB/s
2.5-inchMLC
Samsung SSD256 GB
220 MB/s
200 MB/s
2.5-inchMLC
OCZ Vertex
30 to 250 GB
200 MB/s
160 MB/s
2.5-inchMLC
Micron SSD256 GB
250 MB/s    100 MB/s    2.5-inchMLC
Intel X25-E32, 64 GB250 MB/s    170 MB/s    2.5-inchSLC
Intel X25-M80, 160 GB250 MB/s    70 MB/s    2.5-inchMLC


Tom's Hardware will be covering CES 2009 (January 8-11th), so be sure to check back then for more details and product photos.

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    malveaux , December 18, 2008 11:38 PM
    First! Lol.

    So yea, it's nice to see the sizes going up rapidly. I for one really want to get the 128gig versions, as in 4 of them, in a RAID0. Hopefully these newer larger capacities will make the prices come down. Soon!

    Very best,
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    ckthecerealkiller , December 18, 2008 11:54 PM
    These are moving so fast it's making my head hurt. I remember them releasing the first 32 gb models months ago and I was thinking it's about freaking time.... Now it's like you can't get one shipped to your house without a better one coming along. I can at least buy the biggest baddest CPU or video card and last a week to a month if I'm lucky. Oh well......
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    daft , December 19, 2008 12:12 AM
    so if it can do 240/200MB/s using MLC, what would it get with SLC?
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    Anonymous , December 19, 2008 12:13 AM
    ^ thats an understatement

    Micron is supposed to release an SSD drive that has 1 GB read speed and 500 some write speed...

    I'll get it too as long as its not like 500 million $ a gig
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    Anonymous , December 19, 2008 12:14 AM
    dammit daft posted before mine was :( 
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    eklipz330 , December 19, 2008 2:28 AM
    excuse my noob, but what's the data cap on sata II? i feel in two years my usb 2.0 sataII x38 will be extinct....=[
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    zodiacfml , December 19, 2008 6:06 AM
    still expensive. i can buy a 180-200 MB/s read speed 32GB drive for around $100 only.
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    Anonymous , December 19, 2008 9:19 AM
    Maybe if we all chant "price drop"...
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    Pei-chen , December 19, 2008 9:59 AM
    Or we can all go RAID 0. My two 1.5TB drives in RAID 0 have similar transfer speed.
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    pbrigido , December 19, 2008 11:08 AM
    Hopefully we'll see a SLC drive achieve these high capacities in the near future.
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    Sushi Warrior , December 19, 2008 12:38 PM
    Maybe first 512, but some company already launched a 832 gig 2.5 and a 1.6TB (yes! TERABYTE) 3.5 inch drive. Toshiba is hardly in the lead. The company is Bitmicro.
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    nekatreven , December 19, 2008 12:46 PM
    eklipz330excuse my noob, but what's the data cap on sata II? i feel in two years my usb 2.0 sataII x38 will be extinct....=[


    I'm pretty sure it is: 3.0gbps /8 = 375MB/s. I've seen it as 300MB/s online...not sure if they can't divide or if it really is a limit of the interface. Usually theoretical throughput just uses math...without considering that you won't get those numbers, so who knows.
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    mtyermom , December 19, 2008 12:48 PM
    I'd like to see some benchmark results. We all know the abysmal 'real' performance of most MLCs compared to 'manufacturer specifications'
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    tipoo , December 19, 2008 12:54 PM
    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...
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    Tindytim , December 19, 2008 1:15 PM
    nekatrevenI'm pretty sure it is: 3.0gbps /8 = 375MB/s. I've seen it as 300MB/s online...not sure if they can't divide or if it really is a limit of the interface. Usually theoretical throughput just uses math...without considering that you won't get those numbers, so who knows.

    Actually it's 384MBps. 3Gbps = 3072Mbps = 385MBps. So we may see SATA 6Gb/s becoming more widespread in the next year, I certainly hope new SATA technology is being developed at the moment.
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    hdyw , December 19, 2008 3:11 PM
    That only applies to the older PATA drives.
    SATA uses 2 bits of parity, so 3Gb of total bandwidth actually equates to 3Gb/10=300MB/s. This is further decreased by a 20% encoding overhead, for an actual potential speed of 240MB/s. This means that yes, these new SSD's will be riding the very limit of the current standard and will soon be targetted more for the new SATA 6Gb/s standard.

    Keep in mind, this is only the beginning.
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    vider , December 19, 2008 5:35 PM
    tipoo1) Toshiba "unveils" a 43nm MLC SSD with 512GB of storage2) 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 dateToshiba is a tough competitor but so far I've matched them on this one...


    LMAO!

    Your missing one thing, CES, you get your 1TB There and then you sure will beat Toshiba. Till then keep working on it hard!

    Am I missing something? Where's Patriot? Where's G.Skill? There are a few other SSD manufacturers that aren't listed in this table. We nee more SSD reviews!

    'Cmon up to work Tom's!
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    martin0642 , December 20, 2008 11:56 AM
    I wish they would just cut the crap and build the flash into a pci-express slot like FusionIO did. Not only would that futureproof the interface bandwidth, it would also get more wires out of the case and reduce the complexity of the motherboard.

    100000 i/ops and 800MBps is nothing to sneeze at, and sata 3 can't handle it already in real world numbers. Considering this is the first gen hardware, it does not bode well for the "next gen" standards that are supposed to pump data with these drives.

    Its time to main-line the data with a 16x pci-e slot, and maybe piggyback the drives ala sli to share the bandwidth and leave slots for more graphics.
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    neiroatopelcc , December 22, 2008 7:15 AM
    I wondered earlier, if they couldn't release a drive with built-in raid controller? so they could utilize, say 8, small 64gb mlc drives to create one big 512gb drive with 980MB/s read speed and 560MB/s write speed (worst of the figures above)
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    bin1127 , December 22, 2008 10:59 AM
    I think the SSD industry is putting the pressure to get SATA 6gb standardized. These 200+ read/writes will finally show the potential of SSD's. Don't think many magnetic disk manufacturers are still boasting the 'unlimited potential' of their 1.5Tb 3-legged turtle tech anymore.
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