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Toshiba has been busy updating its solid state drive portfolio this summer, and it is leaving no market untouched. The company's latest product announcement is a pair of speedy enterprise SSDs. They are the first enterprise-class SSDs to be built around the company's latest 64 layer, 3-bit-per-cell TLC (triple-level cell) NAND BiCS flash memory, making it possible for customers to expand the use of flash with cost-optimized solutions.The first of the new drives is the TMC PM5 series. It offers up to a whopping 30.72 terabytes of capacity in a 2.5-inch form factor, with transfer speeds rated to hit up to 3,350 MB/s (reads) by way of support for four-port SAS MultiLink. These drives can also write... Read more...
At Dell EMC World a few weeks back, we gave you a glimpse of an unnamed Toshiba NVMe SSD that featured 64-layer BiCS 3D flash memory. We couldn’t reveal much about the drive back then, but Toshiba eventually lifted the veil, and revealed a new family of drives dubbed the XG5. The Toshiba XG5 is the follow-up to the successful XG3, and is designed to offer a combination of high performance and high density, at what should be competitive price points. If you're unfamiliar with the technology, Toshiba’s BiCS flash memory employs a three-dimensional (3D) stacked cell structure that is designed for high density applications, but it also offers higher endurance than typical 3D NAND flash memory.... Read more...
Foxconn is attempting to acquire Toshiba's semiconductor business though it is not going at it alone. According to multiple reports, both Apple and Amazon have joined forces with Foxconn to grab a piece of the sale, with each company offering up an untold amount of financial backing to help push the deal through.It is also said that Taiwan's Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision, has partnered with Sharp in its bid. Foxconn acquired Sharp last year in a deal worth in the neighborhood of $3.5 billion."Foxconn can confirm that we have submitted a bid for Toshiba's chip business with a number of strategic partners," the company told Reuters. It is not willing to discuss specifics of the deal,... Read more...
We gave you a glimpse of an unnamed Toshiba NVMe SSD at Dell EMC World a few weeks back, featuring 64-layer BiCS 3D flash memory. We couldn’t reveal much about the drive then, but Toshiba is lifting the veil on it today, and is announcing a new family of drives dubbed the XG5, which offer a combination of high performance and high density, at what should be competitive price points.Toshiba’s BiCS flash memory employs a three-dimensional (3D) stacked cell structure that is designed for high density applications, but the technology also offers higher endurance than typical 3D NAND flash memory. Because triple pages can be programmed simultaneously, BiCS 3D flash memory is capable of higher performance... Read more...
We first learned about Toshiba’s “world’s first” 64-layer, 512Gb BiCS flash NAND back in early February. Later that month, Toshiba began shipping samples of the NAND, promising that it would help enable high-performing and more cost-effective 1TB solutions in a single package. This week, Toshiba is showcasing its 64-layer BiCS flash live at the Dell EMC World conference being held in Las Vegas. On hand was a prototype XG-series NVMe PCIe SSD equipped with 1TB of BiCS 3D TLC NAND. Naturally, the prototype SSD was housed within a Dell XPS laptop, which is appropriate given the setting. Unfortunately, although we got “eyes on” the demo, we weren’t able to see any performance benchmarks due to this... Read more...
Though encryption and enterprise products often go hand-in-hand, that is not always the case. There are some instances where encryption is not needed, and so Toshiba answered the call with a line of non-encrypted solid state drives optimized for data centers. Those drives are now starting to ship in select NetApp SolidFire all-flash array (AFA) models, enabling NetApp customers to reach new markets. Specifically, Toshiba's non-encrypted SATA 6Gbps HK4 series SSDs are shipping in NetApp SolidFire SF4805, SF9605, and SF19210 products. Toshiba is the first to ship non-encrypted SSDs on SolidFire AFAs where the focus is on optimized latency, power, and performance. "Our customers require predictable... Read more...
When it comes to the global computer storage market, it appears that Toshiba is demonstrating strong gains in a sector that is dominated by the likes of bellwethers like Seagate and Western Digital, which appeared previously to be the last standing competitors in an arena with heavy consolidation. However, not only was Toshiba the fastest growing vendor for hard disk drive (HDDs), but it also showed stronger gains than its larger competitors in the solid-state drive (SSD) sector during 2016. Toshiba showed a 9-percentage point growth during Q4 2016 in the HDD sector, and increased its revenue share in all key storage product sectors. Toshiba’s unit share of the overall HDD market has increased... Read more...
Toshiba has just announced that they will begin shipping samples of its 512 Gigabit, three-bits-per-cell, 64-layer 3D NAND (BiCS 3D). Mass production is expected to take place during the second half of 2017. Western Digital and Toshiba engineers have used digital stacking for their sixty-four layers in order to achieve a much larger storage density for its NAND in a smaller footprint. This technology also enables 1TB chip solutions. The flash memory stacked cell structure is best for applications that require high capacity and performance. According to Toshiba, “realizes a 65 percent larger capacity per unit chip size than the company’s 48-layer, 256Gb (32 gigabyte) device. This increases... Read more...
It looks as though Western Digital could improve its position in the NAND flash market thanks to an impending deal with segment originator Toshiba. Toshiba announced today that it will spin off its NAND flash business (including its SSD operations), and will sell a minority share in order to raise capital.  It’s reported that Western Digital is the leading candidate purchase the minority share, with Reuters saying that the company could take a 20 percent stake. This would still leave Toshiba with 80 percent of its profitable business. "Toshiba has positioned the memory business as a focus business where timely investments, accelerated development time and the ability to ramp-up the production... Read more...
While many consumers would all love to upgrade to super-fast M.2 NVMe SSDs that offer 3,500+ MB/sec read and write speeds, there are others that would gladly ditch their mechanical HDDs for a more budget-minded SATA SSD. For those in the latter category, Toshiba has released a new OCZ SSD series that won’t break the bank while at the same time offering respectable performance. The OCZ TL100 makes use of triple-level cell (TLC) NAND flash memory, and is available in both 120GB and 240GB capacities. According to Toshiba, the TL100 family offers sequential read and write speeds of up to 550 MB/sec and 530 MB/sec respectively. The SSDs are also rated for 4K random reads of 85,000 IOPS and 4K random... Read more...
Although NVMe PCI Express solid state drives are all the rage as of late, due to their relatively strong performance and inherent feature benefits, manufacturers continue to tune and refine their SATA based offerings as well. Case in point: the brand new OCZ VX500 series solid state drives we’ll be showing you here today. The OCZ VX500 series targets the mainstream computing segment and initially consists of a quartet of 2.5mm SATA SSDs, packing all, in-house, Toshiba made technology. The hook is, even though these new drives are priced aggressively, they eschew less expensive TLC NAND in favor of more durable MLC, and performance is relatively strong too.We’ve got the full list of features and... Read more...
Toshiba OCZ is at the ready with a brand new NVMe solid state drive, targeted squarely at the high-performance enthusiast computing market. We first caught a glimpse of the drive we’re going to be showing you here today, the OCZ RD400, back at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. OCZ had the drive on display – branded the RevoDrive 400 at the time – blazing through some benchmarks at over 2.6GB/s.It took a bit of tweaking and fine tuning to get the drive ready for market, but it’s here now, and as you’ll see on the pages ahead, the RD400 was worth the short wait.Like the last couple of OCZ solid state drives we’ve looked at recently, the new RD400 is packing all Toshiba-made, proprietary... Read more...
The last time we saw OCZ, there were tearing up CES with an upcoming NVMe solid state drive that could transfer data at upwards of 2.7GB/s that was featured alongside a few new SATA-based solutions, like the Trion 150 series we’ll be showing you here today.The OCZ Trion 150 is an update to last summer’s Trion 100, which was the first drive from OCZ to feature TLC NAND and all in-house, Toshiba-built technology. The Trion 100 series of drives proved to be good performers overall, especially considering their relatively affordable price points. As its branding suggests, the new Trion 150 kicks things up a few notches over the Trion 100, thanks to some cutting edge 15nm NAND flash memory and a tweaked... Read more...
When Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 4 tablet, the world took notice. In the months since the Surface Pro 4’s release, we’ve seen other manufacturers mimic some of the design and goals of Microsoft’s popular tablet. Although there are similarities among these clones, there are also distinct differences that make them better for different types of users. One of those Windows 10-based tablets is Toshiba’s new 12-inch dynaPad which is designed to give you the feel of writing with pen and paper. In order to deliver a natural handwriting experience that feels like writing with pen on paper, Toshiba bonds two sheets of high-quality glass with a metal mesh sensor. For durability,... Read more...
Following a $1.2 billion accounting scandal that involved fraudulent reporting of fake profits over a seven-year period, Toshiba has gone into a restructuring mode as it attempts to pick up the pieces and regain the trust of its customers and investors. Part of that plan includes the termination of some 6,800 employees. That's nearly a third -- 30 percent, to be exact -- of Toshiba's global workforce. Toshiba hopes to complete the headcount reduction by the end of March next year. Among the job cuts will be around 1,000 corporate jobs as Toshiba looks to "slim down corporate staff functions." As is typically the case in these scenarios, the goal for Toshiba is to streamline its operations with... Read more...
As with most tech markets, mobile is one rife with competition. Thanks to that, it's an enormous challenge for companies to release new products that manage to "wow" us. But, at its launch event last week, Microsoft did manage to pull it off not once, but a few times. One such example was with its updated Surface Pro 4 tablet. It could be argued that Microsoft revitalized the tablet PC. Since the release of the original Surface, we've seen other vendors release their own takes to varying degrees of success. Even Apple recently announced a new iPad that mimics the overall design and goals. To say that Microsoft is very proud of its Surface Pro would be an understatement. It's interesting, then,... Read more...
Early last month we first brought you news of Toshiba’s handsome Satellite Radius 12 convertible. Besides the fact that the convertible is sporting the versatile new Windows 10 operating system, we were immediately drawn to its 12.5-inch display, which is bursting with 4K goodness (it sports a 3840x2160 resolution and 353 pixels per inch to be exact). Today, we’re learning that Satellite Radius 12 will be priced from $999, but that is for a model with “only” a Full HD (1920x1080) display. If you want the 4K Ultra HD Edition, you’ll have to part with $1,299. No matter which model you choose, you’ll be well covered on the hardware front with sixth generation Intel Core processors, 8GB of RAM and... Read more...
Most Chromebooks that hit the market don't tend to impress by way of their specs, and there's a good reason for it: most of them are inexpensive. But, inexpensive doesn't have to equal boring, something Toshiba's upcoming Chromebook 2 easily proves. At the forefront, this new Chromebook will feature Intel's 5th-gen Core processors, aka Broadwell, which in addition to providing a performance boost also delivers improved battery life (8.5-hours, in this notebook). The $329.99 model features a Celeron processor, while the $429.99 uses Core i3. Neither are high-performance in the grand scheme, but both should suit the needs of most Chromebook users. Other perks of the Chromebook 2 include a 1080p... Read more...
Convertible notebooks are a dime a dozen these days, so it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd. Toshiba has just poked its head through the fog with the Satellite Radius 12, which is the company’s stunning hardware showcase for Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. Front and center is the 12.5-inch display, which features a resolution of 3840x2160. That translates into a 353 pixels per inch for this display, something that we don’t see too often when it comes to notebooks/convertibles. Toshiba also says that the IPS panel is able to support 100% of the Adobe RGB color space, which is an added bonus. This is likely a very expensive panel to produce, so you’ll be glad to know that it’s protected... Read more...
Windows 10 may be a free upgrade for many of us, but Microsoft’s newest operating system still has the potential to drive PC sales. One reason some customers may decide to pick up a new system is Windows Hello, the feature that recognizes your face when you log in. Toshiba is banking on that feature being a draw for its new Satellite Radius 12 two-in-one, which is one of the smallest laptops to sport both the necessary Windows Hello hardware and a 4K display. The key to Windows Hello is the camera, which makes use of depth-sensing technology to provide Windows Hello with the image of your face that it needs. Most of today’s cameras are not up to the task, so you’ll need a system with an Intel... Read more...
Toshiba president and CEO Hisao Tanaka and several company board members have resigned following an investigation that revealed that the Japanese firm reported more than a billion dollars in fake profits over the past seven years. In the wake of the scandal, Toshiba said it would adjust earnings by at least 151.8 billion yen (around $1.2 billion in U.S. currency). "The company takes the situation it has caused very seriously and we deeply apologize to our shareholders, investors, and all other stakeholders," Toshiba said in a statement (PDF). "The company will thoroughly analyze and examine the investigation results and recommendations received from the Independent Investigation Committee, and... Read more...
OCZ is launching a brand new series of solid state drives today, dubbed the Trion 100. Early prototypes of the drives were shown off at CES a few months back, but the drives are now ready for primetime. We should note that the Trion 100 series breaks some new ground for OCZ. Not only are they the first drives from the company to use TLC NAND, but they’re also the first to use all in-house Toshiba technology with the drive's Flash memory and controller both designed and built by Toshiba.The OCZ Trion 100 series is targeted at budget conscious consumers and users still contemplating the upgrade from a standard hard drive. As such, they’re not barn-burners in the benchmarking department, but performance... Read more...
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