Toshiba Announces First 512GB SSD

The rush to release the first Terabyte SSD continues with Toshiba’s announcement of a 2.5-inch 512GB NAND-based model.

Market analysts expect SSDs will account for 10 per cent of the market for notebook computer storage by 2010, and 25 per cent by 2012.

Toshiba also announced a family of fast read/write SSDs built around the 43-nanometer multi-level cell (MLC) NAND used in the 512GB.

The drives are intended for notebooks, gaming and home-entertainment systems.

They include capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB and come in 1.8-inch or 2.5-in drive enclosures, or as flash modules.

No price was announced for the 512GB SSD but it is expected to go on sale by the second quarter of 2009.

Toshiba will be presented the new additions at next month’s CES in Las Vegas.

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