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Toshiba launches X-gale SSD modules for ultra-thin laptops

By Jos · 17 replies
Nov 8, 2010
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  1. 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.

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  2. taea00

    taea00 TS Enthusiast Posts: 102

    I'm wondering the efficiency these run on. Could we be seeing a new standard for long term storage? Instead of buying a hdd and plugging it into power and a sata cable, do you think mother boards will someday incorporate straight ssd interfaces for memory like these? I get excited by any new technology so this seems pretty awesome to me.
  3. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    It does sound pretty awesome, well, until we found out the price. Then it will probably lose some of its awesomeness...
  4. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I'm sure in a few years everything will be onboard. Just about the only thing that is not onboard now is storage, so chips like these are the start.

    Ironically the future computer will probably end up like the first computer I can remember using, a keyboard with all the guts inside of it. I think it was a Sinclair of some sort, judging by the rainbow I remember on it. Slap a keyboard over a fully packed mobo and you have a computer.
  5. Demons

    Demons TS Rookie Posts: 53

    I'm sure these make up a large portion of the cost of the Macbook Airs. They will certainly be out of my price-range when they finally hit the consumer market. They will pave the way for smaller systems which is nice. The more SSD drives out there, the cheaper they get right?
  6. TwiztidSef

    TwiztidSef TS Rookie Posts: 49

    This would make more portable laptops. I see laptops becoming more powerful over the next few years. This is especially true with SSD and new CPUs. I am looking forward to the Fusion CPU from Nvidia. The only thing i wish they would do is put the power port directly in the battery. That way we wouldn't have such an issue when it goes out.
  7. DSparil

    DSparil TS Rookie Posts: 35

    Once their stocks of regular hard drives run out, they'd decrease SSD prices and maybe even release those 4tb SSD drives tucked away in some storehouse.

    I do love the size of those things. Hopefully, I wouldn't be dead yet when they release it for desktops. Just imagine: shoving ssds and dimms on your mobo for your drastically shrunk down case while maintaining gaming pc quality.

    Oh wait... Gaming laptops do exist that get outdated immediately.

    I do hope that they finally release those ultra-gaming supercomputers that can fit in the palm of your hand that they're hiding in some top secret military facility somewhere.
  8. thedrelle

    thedrelle TS Enthusiast Posts: 58   +10

    SSD hardware is becoming more and more appealing every day. once the industry can reduce costs and drive down the price, i think demand will REALLY pick up on these babies.
  9. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    I agree. I wasn't about to risk capacity and buy SSDs at first, but this new line of SSDs is simply mouthwatering.
  10. hassaan

    hassaan TS Rookie Posts: 90

    256GB is physically thicker (3.7mm vs. 2.2mm) than the 64GB and 128GB, this could be the reason Apple only included the smaller two variants in the 11 inch Air due to physical space constraint .
  11. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 158

    Anyways, after waiting for ssd's do get cheaper, my guess is something new will appear.
  12. Johny47

    Johny47 TS Rookie Posts: 157

    Whoo nice way to go Toshiba, this is a jump forward for laptops but the price is very high in my opinion... I still prefer Desktops =P
  13. TeamworkGuy2

    TeamworkGuy2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 191

    Will be interesting to see if they penetrate the laptop market, or if they are just passed by due to price.
  14. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,363   +67

    @Disparil That's all the military does is play war games.
  15. akannitaoheed

    akannitaoheed TS Rookie Posts: 79

    Looks quite fragile. Would make a lot more sense and secure if they had some kind of rigid casing or jacket to protect in the case of dropping, bending and other extreme conditions.
  16. edison5do

    edison5do TS Rookie Posts: 231

    Maybe in a not too far future we will get a Mobo with 32Gb SSD stick to it just for the OS, or at least I would like to see that... though it will be expensive.
  17. ruzveh

    ruzveh Banned Posts: 123

    true SSD are very expensive to have on our desktops
  18. Eddo22

    Eddo22 TS Booster Posts: 161   +6

    /me wonders why one couldn't plug that into a Desktop PCI-E slot.

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