Toshiba Announces High-Performance, Power-Efficient Solid State Drives Targeted at Broad Range of Notebook, Desktop, Embedded

  Toshiba Announces High-Performance, Power-Efficient Solid State Drives
  Targeted at Broad Range of Notebook, Desktop, Embedded and Commercial

    Industry’s first SSDs with 19 nanometer NAND flash technology for high
     performance, leveraging Toshiba’s 25 years of NAND flash leadership

Business Wire

IRVINE, Calif. -- June 04, 2012

Toshiba Storage Products, Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic
Components, Inc., a committed technology leader, today announced a new lineup
of solid state drives (SSDs) that provides both high performance and energy
efficiency for the most data-intensive and energy-sensitive applications. The
THNSNF drives are the world’s first to take advantage of 19nm process NAND
flash memory, which delivers major advances in power consumption and
performance. Continuing Toshiba’s long history of innovation in NAND flash
memory — 2012 marks the 25^th anniversary of Toshiba’s invention of NAND flash
— the THNSNF series provides an ideal storage solution for high-end and thin
and light notebooks, all-in-one desktop computers, embedded systems and
external storage devices for consumer and industrial PCs.

Toshiba THNSNF Solid State Drive Series (Photo: Business Wire)

Toshiba THNSNF Solid State Drive Series (Photo: Business Wire)

The THNSNF series employs Toggle MLC (multi-level cell) NAND flash, which
delivers significantly faster performance than competing SSDs using
synchronous or asynchronous NAND flash. Clocking in at around twice the speed
of Toshiba’s HG3 series SSDs, the THNSNF series will be available in four
capacities (64, 128, 256, and 512 GB) and in three form factors:

  *THNSNFxxxGBSS - 9.5 mm height, SATA 6Gb/s
  *THNSNFxxxGCSS -7.0 mm height, SATA 6Gb/s

Toshiba’s unique integrated SSD design and manufacturing capability ensures
that key components of the SSD, from firmware to controllers, as well as NAND
flash, are designed by Toshiba, further underscoring Toshiba’s vertical
integration and leadership strengths in the growing SSD market. Toshiba’s
innovation with the THNSNF series includes data protection through use of
Quadruple Swing-By Code (QSBC^TM), Toshiba’s robust and highly efficient error
correction code technology.

The THNSNF series delivers efficient power utilization of less than 0.1 W,
exceeding the Business Applications Performance Corporation MobileMark® 2007
benchmark for battery life, a critical standard for next-generation ultrathin
notebook PCs as well as current notebook PCs. The THNSNF series employs
Advanced Power Management (APM) technology to control power consumption, and
offers optional Automatic Thermal Control to reduce power consumption in
response to drive temperatures.

“Our customers are increasingly looking to SSDs as a storage solution across
multiple products and markets because of the performance and reliability they
deliver,” said Joel Hagberg, vice president of marketing at Toshiba’s Storage
Products Business Unit. “The THNSNF series provides not only great
performance, but also extremely low power consumption across a broad range of
form factors and capacities. These are critical features for our customers as
they design the next generation of PCs and embedded systems.”

Mass production for the THNSNF series will begin in August 2012.

For more information on Toshiba’s line of industry-leading SSDs and hard disk
drives (HDD), visit

Product Specifications

Model Number       THNSNFxxxGBSS      THNSNFxxxGCSS      THNSNFxxxGMCS
NAND Technology    19nm MLC NAND
Form Factor        2.5-inchCase                            mSATA
Maximum Capacity   64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB               64GB, 128GB,
^1                                                             256GB
Data Transfer
Rate                 524 MB/s{500         524 MB/s{500
Max.                 MiB/s}               MiB/s}               524 MB/s{500
Sequential Read                                                MiB/s}
Max.                 (128GB, 256GB,       (128GB, 256GB,       (128GB, 256GB)
                     512GB)               512GB)
Sequential Write     461 MB/s{440         461 MB/s{440         461 MB/s{440
                     MiB/s}               MiB/s}               MiB/s}
(Random data)        (64GB)               (64GB)               (64GB)
                    440 MB/s{420         440 MB/s{420         440 MB/s{420
                     MiB/s}               MiB/s}               MiB/s}
Random 4KiB IOPS     80k (128GB,          80k (128GB,          80k (128GB,
                     256GB, 512GB)        256GB, 512GB)        256GB)
Read(sustain)        50k (64GB)           50k (64GB)           50k (64GB)

Write (max.)         35k (128GB,          35k (128GB,          35k (128GB,
                     256GB, 512GB)        256GB, 512GB)        256GB)
                     25k (64GB)           25k (64GB)           25k (64GB)
Drive Interface    SATA Revision 3.1
Transfer Rate to   Up to 6Gb/s
MTTF               1.5M hours
External             69.85 mm x 100.0     69.85 mm x 100.0     30.0 mm x 50.95
dimensions         mm x 9.5 mm        mm x 7.0 mm        mm x 3.95 mm
                     50g (64GB,           48g (64GB,           7.4g (64GB,
                     128GB)               128GB)               128GB)
Weight (typical)                                        
                     54g (256GB,          52g (256GB,          7.7g (256GB)
                     512GB)               512GB)

About Toshiba Storage Products

Toshiba Corporation and its affiliates offer one-of-a-kind global storage
solutions, offering hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state drives (SSDs) and
NAND flash memories – technologies that drive a wide range of consumer
electronics, computer and automotive applications, as well as enterprise
solutions for the global marketplace. Toshiba is a leader in the development,
design and manufacture of mobile, consumer and enterprise hard disk drives and
solid state drives. In North America, the Storage Products Business Unit of
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. markets high-quality storage
peripherals to original equipment manufacturers, original design
manufacturers, value-added resellers, value-added dealers, systems integrators
and distributors worldwide. Inherent in the Toshiba storage family are the
high-quality engineering and manufacturing capabilities that have established
Toshiba products as innovation leaders worldwide. For more information, visit

About Toshiba Corp. and Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)

Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable
electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading
designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs,
ODMs, CMs, VARs, distributors and fabless chip companies worldwide. A
committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures
high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, solid state drives (SSDs),
hard disk drives (HDDs), discrete devices, advanced materials, medical tubes,
custom SoCs/ASICs, imaging products, microcontrollers and wireless components
that make possible today’s leading smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, cameras,
medical devices, automotive electronics, enterprise solutions and more.

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating
company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation,
Japan’s largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world’s third largest
semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2011 Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue,
March, 2012). Toshiba Corporation was founded in 1875 and today has over 490
subsidiaries and affiliates, with 203,000 employees worldwide. Visit Toshiba's
web site at

© 2012 Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. All rights reserved. All
product, service and company names are trademarks, registered trademarks or
service marks of their respective owners. Information in this press release,
including product pricing and specifications, content of services and contact
information, is current and believed to be accurate on the date of the
announcement, but is subject to change without prior notice. Technical and
application information contained here is subject to the most recent
applicable Toshiba product specifications.

1. One Gigabyte (1GB) means 10^9 = 1,000,000,000 bytes using powers of 10. A
computer operating system, however, reports storage capacity using powers of 2
for the definition of 1GB = 2^30 = 1,073,741,824 bytes and therefore shows
less storage capacity. Available storage capacity (including examples of
various media files) will vary based on file size, formatting, settings,
software and operating system, such as Microsoft Operating System and/or
pre-installed software applications, or media content. Actual formatted
capacity may vary.

2. Toshiba Semiconductor & Storage Products Company defines “RoHS Directive”
as the Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of
27 January 2003 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances
in electrical and electronic equipment.

3. Toshiba Semiconductor & Storage Products Company defines
Halogen-Free/Antimony-Free solid state drive (SSD) or hard disk drive (HDD)
products as those meeting all of the following requirements:

(a) containing bromine (Br) and chlorine (Cl) in no more than 900 parts per
million (ppm) by weight for each element, and containing bromine and chlorine
in an aggregate amount not exceeding 1500 ppm by weight; and (b) containing no
more than 1000 ppm antimony (Sb) by weight.

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