Toshiba unveils ultra-slim SSDs

Toshiba unveils ultra-slim SSDs

The new SSD modules from Toshiba use a caseless 'half-slim' format to keep size and weight down.

Toshiba has taken the wraps off some new ultra-tiny SSD drives for portable devices - and they're looking pretty special.

As reported over on CNet, the company has unveiled a pair of solid-state devices based around a 32nm process: one is available with a traditional SATA connector, and the other with the newly-created mini-SATA connector.

Both devices use a "half-slim" format which dispenses with the casing in order to keep size and weight down, making the drives perfect for netbooks and ultra-slim notebooks - as well as other highly portable devices such as MP3 players. The standard SATA unit is just 54mm x 39mm and comes in at an impressive 4mm thick, with the mini-SATA version measuring 30mm x 50.95mm and a slightly thicker 4.75mm.

Toshiba has stated that the new devices are around one-seventh the overall volume and one-eighth the weight of a traditional 2.5" SSD, meaning that devices which have previously relied on the bulkier versions can become even smaller and lighter.

Sadly, these svelte dimensions come at a cost: with 2.5" SSDs finally reaching a capacity at which they can compete with mechanical drives, the two new devices from Toshiba are only available in 30GB and 62GB capacities. While this should be plenty for your average netbook, even the small size will make it a hard sell next to 256GB units from other manufacturers.

Thankfully, while capacity has taken a hit, performance hasn't: Toshiba reports that the modules have a top sequential read speed of 180MB/s and a write speed of 70MB/s. It is thought that the devices will be available to manufacturers by the end of the year, with production scheduled to start this October.

Do you think that ultra-slim SSDs are the way to go, or should Toshiba - and others - be concentrating on getting price down and performance up before you'll consider giving up your mechanical drive? Share your thoughts over in the forums.


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mi1ez 23rd September 2009, 13:07 Quote
AshT 23rd September 2009, 13:26 Quote
I think we're entering another golden age. Soon SSD will be a standard. The new DX11 cards that will hopefully live up to the hype. Affordable next gen CPU/mobo upgrades. Not forgetting 3D and Falcon.

We're in for some treats in the next 12 months.

l3v1ck 23rd September 2009, 13:33 Quote
Do you think that ultra-slim SSDs are the way to go, or should Toshiba - and others - be concentrating on getting price down and performance up before you'll consider giving up your mechanical drive?
They should be concentrating on price and performance.
B3CK 23rd September 2009, 13:33 Quote
Even for the small size, they are big enough for most OS installs, I would like to see the average performance of SSD's in general meet the Intel and OCZ drives before I purchase one for each new computer however.
docodine 23rd September 2009, 13:36 Quote
62GB capacity? Strange choice.
Paradigm Shifter 23rd September 2009, 14:00 Quote
Originally Posted by docodine
62GB capacity? Strange choice.

Possibly 64GB with 2GB 'spare' for when cells start to degrade? I thought that was what the 60GB drives were - 64GB ones with a little spare. Correct me if I'm wrong. :)


These look rather nice.

Now see if four of 'em and a little controller can be crammed inside a normal 2.5" case, and have ridiculous read/write speeds and decent capacity! :D
rpsgc 23rd September 2009, 14:24 Quote
They're the future I tells'ya.
Hawkest 23rd September 2009, 15:55 Quote
When will we see these being attached direct to the motherboard? What would be the increase removeing a SATA cable from the mix?

I can also think of the Airflow benefits it would bring.
lacuna 23rd September 2009, 16:39 Quote
Being able to install SSD's in a similar way to a RAM module would be very cool
pendragon 23rd September 2009, 18:24 Quote
hmmm personally I'd like them to get the price down and the performance issues out of the way before I'll plunk down cash specifically for one
DXR_13KE 23rd September 2009, 21:46 Quote
if the price is right....
xprodancer 24th September 2009, 01:33 Quote
i think now were gona get motherboard manufacturers come to a conclusion now to try what some people have stated! buying the drive and have it directly connect to the board no wires approach. but you have to consider that you would only be able to connect possibaly a few to the board due to having enough space to do this and still have SATA connectors for extra space! ( would that be a bad thing?) if you had 3 connected to the board and had raid setup = fast OS / games! and you could use the extra SATA's space for pic's, music, video ect... so in reality speed on the OS would realy be sufficiant to the grade of computing power! i would like to see this happen for the next generation of motherboards! why just keep it for netbooks/notebooks.....? i do think tho for some people out there they are going to wonder about bottlenecking on this but if you could make a new controler for this with emense speed i do think the technology could realy take off! it would be just the price to consider! £300 for this brand new board (I DONT THINK SO)
keir 24th September 2009, 11:14 Quote
ahhh just wait a few years... :(
Veles 24th September 2009, 13:58 Quote
This is gonna be great for tiny netbooks and stuff
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