8-based machines aren't all that's new this week: Toshiba
Storage Products has just announced a new lineup of solid state drives (SSDs) that provides both high performance and energy efficiency for the most data-intensive and energy-sensitive applications. These are geared for enterprise use, with the THNSNF drives being the world’s first to take advantage of 19nm process NAND flash memory. 2012 is also a milestone year for the company, as it marks the 25th anniversary of Toshiba's invention of NAND Flash memory.
But back to the product at hand: THNSNF series employs Toggle MLC (multi-level cell) NAND flash, which delivers significantly faster performance than competing SSDs using synchronous or asynchronous NAND flash. Clocking in at around twice the speed of Toshiba’s HG3 series SSDs, the THNSNF series will be available in four capacities (64, 128, 256, and 512 GB) and in three form factors: THNSNFxxxGBSS - 9.5 mm height, SATA 6Gb/s, THNSNFxxxGCSS -7.0 mm height, SATA 6Gb/s and THNSNFxxxGMCS - mSATA, SATA 6Gb/s. The THNSNF series delivers efficient power utilization of less than 0.1 W, as well as Advanced Power Management (APM) technology to control power consumption. Mass production for the THNSNF series will begin in August 2012, and we're guessing there will be quite the price premium for just how tiny these things are.