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Toshiba offers MacBook Air style Blade X-gale SSDs to Other Manufacturers

Nov 8 2010, 12:09pm CST | by , in News | Hardware & Peripherals

New upgrade SSDs for small notebooks and portable devices

Toshiba offers MacBook Air style Blade X-gale SSDs to Other Manufacturers
 
 
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Toshiba offers MacBook Air style Blade X-gale SSDs to Other Manufacturers

The smaller and thinner mobile and portable products get, the harder it is to fit ample storage inside the machines without forging new form factors for storage. Most small portable netbooks and other devices uses SSDs that are rectangular and look much like the larger 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SSDs we are all familiar with in a smaller size.

When a device gets thin enough, it becomes hard to get ample storage in the normal rectangular style drive. The new MacBook Air uses a SSD that doesn't have a traditional style; the SSD looks more like a stick of RAM than a storage drive. Toshiba has announced that it is now sampling a new line of SSDs made specifically for thin profile portable devices, like the new MacBook Air, where a thin profile is imperative.

The new family of SSDs are blade-type and fall into the Blade X-gale series. The new drives use the SATA 2.6 interface and need 3.3V to operate. Toshiba offers the drives in capacities of 64GB, 128Gb, and 256GB. The 64GB and 128GB versions both have storage on one side of the SSD and measure in at 24mm W x 2.2mm H x 108.9mm L. The larger capacity 256GB unit as storage eon both sides of the stick and measures in at 24mm W x 3.7mm H x 108.9mm L.

The SSDs are as much as 42% thinner than the typical mSATA SSD used inside portable computers and mobile devices. The SSDs are also fast with read speed in the 220MB/s range and write speeds in the 180MB/s range. The 64GB and 128GB SSDs both weigh 9.8g with the 256GB version weighing 13.2g and the MTTF rating I 1 million times.

People needing a traditional 1.8-inch IDA PATA ZIF SSD for machines like the old MacBook Air and lots of other machines can also get a new SSD for upgrades from Active Media Products. AMP has a new SSD for these machines available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. The drives use a 40-pin ZIF connector and have sequential read speed of 80MB/s and sequential write of 38MB/sec. These SSDs are all available right now. Other features of the AMP SSDs include MLC NAND flash, error correction, bad bit management, a wear leveling algorithm, and a screwdriver and install guide are included.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
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