512GB SSD from Toshiba

Netbook lovers would rejoice about this news. The Inquirer.net reports an announcement from Toshiba that they would soon be releasing solid-state drives with a capacity of 512GB, an industry-first according to experts.

The company’s NAND flash SSD series built using 43nm technology will also include 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacity devices that will be available as both SSD Flash Modules and 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch drive enclosures.

Toshiba says its second generation MLC SSDs have an advanced controller that achieves higher read/write speeds, faster parallel data transfers and better wear leveling than first generation SSDs to optimise performance, reliability and endurance.

It claims its latest drives offer maximum sequential read speed of 240MBps and maximum sequential write speed of 200MBps to enable faster system booting and application loading times. The drives also support AES data encryption to prevent unauthorised data access.

512GB of storage for your netbook, that would be suweet! However, netbook lovers would have to wait for a little while because Toshiba will make the new SSDs available in 2009.

Question now is, how much would these drives cost? More so, what response would be coming from chip-maker Intel about this new high-capacity SSD?

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