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Toshiba Corp. on Wednesday announced the slim, 7mm, solid state hybrid drive (SSHD) series. The new drives will allow Toshiba to address the market of ultrabooks and ultra-thin laptops.  The new drives will not feature very high capacities, but should be affordable enough to compete successfully with much faster solid-state drives that got rather inexpensive in the recent years.

Toshiba’s new MQ01ABFH series SSHDs in 2.5”/7mm form-factor will be available in 320GB and 500GB capacities and will be equipped with 8GB of single-level cell NAND flash cache made by the company itself. The drives will complement already available MQ01ABDH SSHDs in 2.5”/9.5mm form-factor with 750GB and 1TB capacities.

Toshiba claims it has optimized the NAND flash performance into a tiered-storage approach that uses the speed of the DRAM and NAND components with the high-capacity of rotating media.  The SSHD delivers SSD-like performance without dependence on external drivers or assistance from the host system, according to the company.

Similar to Toshiba’s other SSHD offerings, the 7mm model uses self-learning algorithms to optimize performance based on users’ data access patterns which can enhance their computing experience.  The self-learning, caching algorithms manage what data is stored in the NAND flash storage for the fastest responsiveness, as well as how the data in the drive is updated based on intelligent access pattern learning.

The PCMark Vantage average HDD score for the MQ01ABF500H is approximately 20 000, surpassing the 16 000 industry standard result for a hard drive.

“The MQ01ABFH series fulfills users’ desire for thin and light notebook PCs with fast response times that can keep up with their demanding gaming and multimedia applications. This addition to our SSHD lineup demonstrates Toshiba’s continued focus on delivering a wide range of storage devices that enhances the computing experience for our customers,” said Don Jeanette, director of product marketing at Toshiba’s storage products business unit.

Toshiba’s new 500GB1 MQ01ABF050H model and 320GB MQ01ABF032H model will be featured in various notebook PCs. Samples will be available June 28.

Tags: Toshiba, SSHD, SSD, HDD, Flash

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