Toshiba announces industry’s first 2.5-inch 512GB SSDs due Q2 2009

Toshiba has announced the expansion of their line up of NAND-flash-based solid state drives (SSD) with the industry’s first 2.5-inch 512-gigabyte (GB) SSD and a broad family of fast read/write SSDs based on 43 nanometer (nm) Multi-Level Cell NAND. The new drives provide a high level of performance and endurance for use in notebook computers, gaming and home entertainment systems, and will be showcased at International CES 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 8 to 11, 2009.

In addition to the 2.5-inch, 512GB drive, the 43nm NAND SSD family also includes capacities of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB, offered in 1.8-inch or 2.5-inch drive enclosures or as SSD Flash Modules. Samples of the new drives will be available in first quarter (January to March) 2009, with mass production in the second quarter (April to June) 2009.

Toshiba’s second-generation SSDs bring increased capacity and performance for notebook computers, utilizing an advanced MLC controller which is also compatible with further advanced process, that achieves higher read/write speeds, parallel data transfers and wear leveling to optimize performance, reliability and endurance. The drives enable improved system responsiveness with a maximum sequential read speed of 240MB per second (MBps) and maximum sequential write speed of 200MBps, enabling an improvement in overall computing experience, and faster boot and application loading times. The drives also offer AES data encryption to prevent unauthorized data access.

“The solid state drive market is evolving rapidly, with higher performance drives to meet market requirements, and differentiated product families targeted for appropriate applications,” said Mr. Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Vice President of Toshiba Corporation’s Semiconductor Company, in the press release. “This new 43nm SSD family balances value/performance characteristics for its targeted consumer applications, through use of MLC NAND and an advanced controller architecture.”

Toshiba and many market analysts expect SSDs to begin to gain significant traction in the market in 2009, growing to approximately 10% of the notebook market by 2010, and 25% of the notebook market by 2012. Toshiba expects the value/performance of its MLC NAND-based SSD line-up to help speed the acceptance of solid state storage.

Toshiba will continue to promote innovations that widen the horizons of the NAND Flash market and support its continued leadership in that market. The company will spur demand for SSD in notebook PCs, netbooks and digital consumer products by enhancing its lineup, offering products with different densities and interfaces in a range of packages, while advancing device performance.

Source: Toshiba

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “James W.” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Note: Pricing for these drives has not yet been announced by Toshiba.


  1. These are MLC SSD drives…not SLC SSD. Thats a HUGE difference. MLC SSD’s rate much lower in terms of longevity of the drive itself when compared to SLC SSDs, in almost 10 to 1 ratio. If this was a 512GB SLC SSD, then that’s truly stunning. This is not as big as it seems people

    Still, traditional hard-drives have their days numbered.

  2. I have to admit that technology has changed tremendously over my 50 year lifetime. I learned how to use a slide rule in high school, then bought my first TI calculator which was truly amazing in its capabilities. Now it runs as an app on my MBP and iPhone.

    It appears that most laptop apps are going to migrate to the handheld device. The only capability really missing is the large (HD) display. I guess the next step in technology evolution is a means to create a virtual HD or better display, either with glasses or neural implant or something. May the desktop, and now the laptop rest in peace!

  3. @Gary – Right you are. I bought an HP80 Business Calculator in 1974 for $320 under an employee discount program. In todays world, that $320 would be about $1,387, the price of a brand new Aluminum MacBook. Isn’t technology wonderful?

  4. The end of the CD? not just but ALL OPTICAL discs and considering even the cheapest are not much cheaper to make and involve antiquated “moving parts” technology as the (relative to the flash tech) archaic HDD (in addition to being only a fraction of the read/write speed of HDD) they will be gone too.

    ….and nothing give me greater pleasure that by FAR the earliest and nastiest CARNAGE will be that EMPEROR’S new clothes of a technology – BLU-RAY – and all the geeks that have personally invested in such so much for so little rip of technology, who are so desperate to delay its ever more inevitable DEMISE they will say ANYTHING,,,,,,,***beats up blue-ray to agonising death with INFINATELY faster,convenient,soon to be much cheaper relative to blu-ray and SUPERIOR SSD*** 😀

  5. @lurker:

    I remember a $300 TI calculator my father bought me around ’73. I was amazed that you could PLUG IT IN. Very high tech for the time.

    I’m totally jealous of these kids nowadays, though. iPods, iPhones, Macs, OS X are normal for them.

    If we’d have had this stuff in the 70’s, by now I’d be richer than Steve Jobs is.

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  6. The “price whining” here is laughable, ‘cos it has ALWAYS been this way for ALL new tech.

    Examples of things I’ve bought;

    One 1MB SIMM- $120 (Yes, $480 for 4 MEGABYTES)

    486DX2-66 CPU (just the chip, no motherboard) $700

    60 MB HD- $300

    4GB SCSI HD- $380

    386SX-16 computer-$3500

    NEC 3x CDROM burner- $300

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