Toshiba Trots Out Industry's First Solid State Drives Built with 19nm Manufacturing Process

Paul Lilly

Toshiba Storage today announced a new line of high-performance, energy efficient solid state drives (SSDs) that are supposedly the first to take advantage of 19nm processor toggle multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory chips. The new 'THNSNF' drives, as Toshiba named them, are designed for a variety of applications, from high-end and thin and light notebooks, to all-in-one desktops and embedded systems.

"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 (PDF) , 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."

Available in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities, Toshiba's THNSNF drives feature read/write speeds of up to 524/461MB per second, along with 80,000 random 4K IOPS read and up to 35,000 random 4K IOPS write performance.

Mass production of these new drives is scheduled for August 2012, which means they should trickle into retail by the end of the year, if not sooner.

Image Credit: Toshiba

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