Toshiba Launches Next Generation 15,000 RPM Enterprise Performance HDDs

  Toshiba Launches Next Generation 15,000 RPM Enterprise Performance HDDs

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

Business Wire

TOKYO -- March 4, 2014

Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today announced new additions to its lineup
of enterprise performance hard disk drives (HDD), the AL13SXB series and the
self-encrypting AL13SXQ series, which are suitable for mission-critical
enterprise applications. Sample shipping will start from the middle of March.

Toshiba: 600GB 15,000 RPM Enterprise Performance HDD (Photo: Business Wire)

Toshiba: 600GB 15,000 RPM Enterprise Performance HDD (Photo: Business Wire)

The AL13SX series offers capacities up to 600GB^[1], the largest-class storage
capacity^[2] in a 15,000 RPM 2.5-inch design, double the maximum capacity of
previous generation drives^[3]. The drives provide lower latency and power
savings compared with legacy 3.5-inch 15,000 RPM 600GB models.

Customers have the choice of AL13SX drives that support 512n (native), 512e
(emulation) or 4Kn storage formats. The long sector models (512e and 4Kn)
reach sustained transfer rates up to 243 MiB/s^[4] – an increase of 27%
compared to previous generation drives^[3]. The 512n models provide an
increase of 19%, with sustained transfer rates reaching 228 MiB/s.

Customers also can select a Sanitize Devise Feature set^[5] function, which
makes it possible to quickly invalidate data recorded on the magnetic disks.

The long sector models provide persistent write cache technologies that help
protect against data-loss in the event of sudden power loss.

The new products are also halogen- and antimony-free^[6] and RoHS

Outline of the New Products
Model Name    Recording  Sanitize Device         Self-Encrypting  FIPS^[8]
               Capacity    Feature set
AL13SXB600x    600GB
AL13SXB450x    450GB       NO
AL13SXB300x    300GB                                NO
AL13SXB600xY   600GB
AL13SXB450xY   450GB                                                  NO
AL13SXB300xY   300GB
AL13SXQ600x    600GB
AL13SXQ450x    450GB       YES
AL13SXQ300x    300GB                                YES
AL13SXQ600xB   600GB
AL13SXQ450xB   450GB                                                  YES
AL13SXQ300xB  300GB                                              
* Logical Data Block Length / Physical Data Block Length
x=N: 512B / 512B
x=A: 4KB /4KB
x=E: 512B / 4KB

[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] For 15,000 RPM enterprise performance HDDs. Toshiba survey as of March 4,
[3] MK3001GRRB and MK3001GRRR: 300GB.
[4] 1MiB (mebibyte) = 1,048,576B(2^20)
[5] Defined by T10(SAS)、T13(SATA) of American National Standards Institute
[6] Toshiba Semiconductor & Storage Products Company defines halogen-free and
antimony-free hard disk drive products as those meeting all of the following
(a) containing bromine (Br) and chlorine (Cl) at 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.
For the avoidance of doubt, Halogen-Free/Antimony-Free SSD or HDD products may
not be entirely free of bromine, chlorine, or antimony, and may contain other
element of the halogen family.
[7] Toshiba Semiconductor & Storage Products Company defines "RoHS Directive"
as the Directive 2011/65/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of
2011 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in
electrical and electronic equipment.
[8] FIPS 140-2, Federal Information Processing Standards 140-2

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