Toshiba touts SSD "blade" lineup

Toshiba has introduced a new lineup of “blade” SSDs targeted at various mobile devices, including tablets, laptops, mini-mobiles and netbooks.

The drives are available in three capacities: 64GB, 128GB and 256GB – with a maximum sequential read speed of 220MB per second (MB/s) and a top sequential write speed of 180MB/s.

“As mobile devices get smaller and lighter, yet even more feature packed than ever, the SSDs inside them – the heart of storing all of the music and other entertainment data – must be even smaller, and much thinner,” explained Toshiba VP Scott Nelson.

“[And our] new 64GB and 128GB Blade X-gale SSDs are [amongst] the thinnest available. At a thickness of 2.2mm, the modules are 42 percent thinner than that of a typical mSATA SSD, and Toshiba’s advanced wiring technology has assured optimized wiring layouts and data transfer rates in this new form factor.”

According to Nelson, a total capacity of 256GB can be achieved when mounted on both sides.

“[We] also offer designers a choice of mSATA and Half-Slim SSD modules in capacities up to 128GB,” he added.