Toshiba today announced a new generation of SSD modules designed for use in space-sensitive devices with high capacity storage requirements. Called Blade X-gale, the drives come in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB versions and have a maximum sequential read and write speed of 220 and 180MB/s, respectively. They look like normal sticks of RAM but upon closer inspection you’ll notice the little SATA connector on the end for plugging into a system’s SATA sockets.


These are reportedly the very same SSDs Apple uses in its new MacBook Air models so we’ll likely see a new crop of ultra-slim laptops using Blade X-gale modules for storage. All models measure 24mm x 109mm. The two smaller units are just 2.2mm thick, while the 256GB model is 3.7mm. The new drives are available now to OEMs; Toshiba won't be selling these to the public - at least not initially - since systems need to be built specially for the form factor.