[CES] Toshiba Demos Laptop w/ SSD Based on Multilevel-cell NAND Flash Memory

Jan 10, 2008
Motoyuki Ooishi, Nikkei Electronics
On the right is the SSD-based model and an HDD model is on the left.
On the right is the SSD-based model and an HDD model is on the left.
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SDD block of the notebook computer shown in the demonstration
SDD block of the notebook computer shown in the demonstration
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Toshiba Corp demonstrated the operation of a notebook computer incorporating a 128-Gbyte solid state drive (SSD) using a multilevel-cell NAND flash memory at International CES 2008.

A notebook computer incorporating the SSD as a recording medium and another laptop with a 120-Gbyte HDD were exhibited side by side, and the times required for these machines to boot up the Windows Vista operating system were compared.

The demonstration showed that the SSD-based machine took approximately 30 seconds for the boot-up while HDD model took about 1 minute. The SSD used in the demonstration was a module type product whose (horizontal) dimensions are substantially equivalent to those of a 1.8-inch HDD.

Toshiba is reportedly preparing for the commercialization of the notebook computer demonstrated at the Show, which incorporates an SSD based on the multilevel-cell NAND flash memory, around the spring 2008. The company is now making efforts to apply the SSD to personal laptops.

The maximum data transfer rate (sequential mode) of Toshiba's multilevel SSD at the time of reading reaches 100Mbps. This is about twice as fast as that of a standard HDD. In addition, the power consumption of the SSD in full operation is lower than half of that of a 2.5-inch HDD, the company said.

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