Toshiba Announces Next Generation 15,000 RPM Enterprise Performance Hard Disk Drives

  Toshiba Announces Next Generation 15,000 RPM Enterprise Performance Hard
  Disk Drives

  New 2.5-inch HDDs in capacities up to 600GB with optional self-encryption

Business Wire

IRVINE, Calif. -- March 3, 2014

The Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components,
Inc., a committed technology leader, announces new additions to the enterprise
capacity hard disk drives (HDD) – the AL13SXB and the self-encrypting AL13SXQ.
With a 2.5-inch form factor, the AL13SXB and AL13SXQ have 15mm z-height and
spin at speeds up to 15,000 rotations per minute (RPM), making the AL13SX
series suitable for mission critical enterprise storage applications.

The AL13SX series comes in 300GB^1, 450GB and 600GB capacities, and delivers
high performance in 600GB capacity while supporting industry standard 512n
sector lengths in a space efficient 2.5-inch form factor. The 4K native sector
and 512e emulation models of the drives include Toshiba’s persistent write
cache technology for improved data integrity and performance. Overall, the
AL13SX series supports high storage density, saving rack space and reducing
mission critical storage footprint and operational burden for enterprise

“The 15,000 RPM disk continues to be the backbone of mission critical IT
operations. Toshiba’s AL13SX doubles available capacity while preserving the
low-latency and energy efficiency customers require,” said Don Jeanette,
senior director of marketing at Toshiba Storage Products Business Unit. “While
older 3.5-inch 15,000 RPM disk drives are withdrawing from the market, the
AL13SX provides a clear migration path to 2.5-inch models with the same 600GB
capacity and lower latency for improved performance with a significant power
savings – a real win-win for the important mission-critical storage

For more information on Toshiba’s line of industry-leading SSDs, HDDs and
SSHDs, visit To connect with Toshiba Storage, visit
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Standard Model            AL13SXB600N     AL13SXB450N    AL13SXB300N
Logical data block        512, 520, 528 B
Long Sector Model         AL13SXB600A/E   AL13SXB450A/E  AL13SXB300A/E
Logical data block
length                    4096, 4160, 4224 B
(fixed length)
Logical data block
length                    512, 520, 528 B
Basic specification
Interface                 SAS-2.0 (1.5 Gbit/s, 3.0 Gbit/s, 6.0 Gbit/s)^3
Formatted Capacity        600GB           450GB          300GB
Buffer size               64MiB
Rotation speed            15,000 RPM
Average Latency time      2.0 ms
Average seek time         2.7 ms
Average seek time         2.95 ms
Sustained transfer rate   228 MiB/s Standard Models
(Max.)                      243 MiB/s Long Sector Models
Load/Unload               600,000 times
MTTF                      2,000,000 hours
Operating condition       24 hours/day, 7 days/week
Supply Voltage
Allowable Voltage         12V ±5%, 5V ±5%
Power consumption
Read/Write                9.0 W
Idle                      5.8 W (Typ.)
Height                    15 mm
Width                     69.85 mm
Depth                     100.45 mm
Weight                    0.23 kg
Operating                 5 to 55°C
Non-Operating             -40 to 70°C
Vibration (op)            0.6mm (5~20Hz) 9.8m/s^2 {1G} (20~300Hz)
Vibration (non-op)        3.1mm (5~20Hz) 49m/s^2 {5G} (20~300Hz)
Shock (op)                980m/s^2 {100G} (1ms duration)
Shock (non-op)            3,920m/s^2 {400G} (2ms duration)
Idle                      33 dB
Security Models           AL13SXBxxxNY    AL13SXQxxxN       AL13SXQxxxNB
Security Models           AL13SXBxxxA/EY  AL13SXQxxxA/E     AL13SXQxxxA/EB
(Long Sector)
(Sanitize Instant         X               X                 X
(Trusted Computing                       X                 X
Group Enterprise-SSC
(Federal Information                                      X
Processing Standard

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 fifthlargest
semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2012 Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue,
April, 2013). Toshiba Corporation was founded in 1875 and today has over 554
subsidiaries and affiliates, with 210,000 employees worldwide. Visit Toshiba's
web site at

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including product pricing, availability 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 Definition of capacity: Toshiba defines a megabyte (MB) as 1,000,000 bytes,
a gigabyte (GB) as 1,000,000,000 bytes and a terabyte (TB) as
1,000,000,000,000 bytes. 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 Comparisons are based comparing the AL13SX series and Toshiba’s prior
generation MK01GRRR series.

^3 Interface speed may vary depending on the host device, read and write
conditions, and file size.

^4 Read and write speed may vary depending on the host device, read and write
conditions, and file size.


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