Toshiba set to show off new 512GB SSD drive

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Toshiba has announced that it will showcase its brand new NAND-flash based solid state drives (SSD) at the Consumer Electronics Show 2009 in Las Vegas. The new drives are set to start mass production in the second quarter of 2009 (or between April and June).

Toshiba will be showing off its brand new 2.5-inch 512GB SSD, and its new line of NAND SSD hard drives based on its 43nm Multi-Level Cell NAND technology. The new NAND SSD hard drives come in capacities of 64GB, 128GB or 256GB, and will be produced in 1.8-inch or 2.5-inch drives or as SSD Flash Modules.

"The solid state drive market is evolving rapidly, with higher performance drives to meet market requirements, and differentiated product families targeted for appropriate applications,” Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Vice President of Toshiba Corporation’s Semiconductor Company, said in the press release.

"This new 43nm SSD family balances value/performance characteristics for its targeted consumer applications, through use of MLC NAND and an advanced controller architecture."