Toshiba Launches First 512 GB SSD

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.

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Header Cell - Column 0 SizesMax Seq. ReadMax Seq. WriteForm FactorSSD Type
Toshiba's New SSD64 to 512 GB240 MB/s200 MB/s2.5-inchMLC
Toshiba's Previous SSD256 GB120 MB/s70 MB/s2.5-inchMLC
Super Talent UltraDrive ME16 to 256 GB200 MB/s160 MB/s2.5-inchMLC
Samsung SSD256 GB220 MB/s200 MB/s2.5-inchMLC
OCZ Vertex30 to 250 GB200 MB/s160 MB/s2.5-inchMLC
Micron SSD256 GB250 MB/s100 MB/s2.5-inchMLC
Intel X25-E32, 64 GB250 MB/s170 MB/s2.5-inchSLC
Intel X25-M80, 160 GB250 MB/s70 MB/s2.5-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.

  • malveaux
    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,
  • ckthecerealkiller
    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......
  • daft
    so if it can do 240/200MB/s using MLC, what would it get with SLC?
  • ^ 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
  • dammit daft posted before mine was :(
  • eklipz330
    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....=
  • zodiacfml
    still expensive. i can buy a 180-200 MB/s read speed 32GB drive for around $100 only.
  • Maybe if we all chant "price drop"...
  • Pei-chen
    Or we can all go RAID 0. My two 1.5TB drives in RAID 0 have similar transfer speed.
  • pbrigido
    Hopefully we'll see a SLC drive achieve these high capacities in the near future.