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Toshiba Aims New HG6 SSDs at Servers and PCs

By Pedro Hernandez

Featuring the company's latest 19nm MLC NAND innovations, the new SSDs can speed up read-intensive server applications.

Electronics giant Toshiba has unveiled its latest line of solid-state drives (SSDs), the HG6 series, and the company is casting a wide net to speed up storage workloads.

According to the company, HG6 "is suitable for a wide range of applications from Ultrabooks to data center servers." The SATA drives, set to arrive in March, will be available in 2.5-inch, M-SATA and M.2 form factors.

On business systems, Toshiba asserts that its flash storage technology has been optimized for read-intensive enterprise applications, thin clients and server boot scenarios. The 19nm NAND devices feature the company's Quadruple Swing-By Code (QSBC) error-correction tech. Billed as "a highly efficient error correction code (ECC)," QSBC not only helps eliminate glitches, but also extends the life of the SSD.

The drives also have the distinction of being the first mainstream SSDs to use Toshiba's new A19nm Toggle 2.0 MLC NAND chips. On the security front, the self-encrypting drive implements "end-to-end data path protection" that adheres to the Trusted Computing Group's Opal 2.0 specification.

Toshiba HG6 SSDs range in capacity from 60 GB to 512 GB. The 2.5-inch 512 GB model can deliver sequential read rates of up to 534 MB per second and sequential writes of up to 482 MB per second. At idle, the 2.5-inch unit draws 125 mW while drive activity pushes that figure up to 3.3 watts. All HG6 models have a mean time between failure rating of 1.5 million hours.

The HG6 follows the debut of the company's read-optimized, 19nm enterprise SSD, the PX03SN. The 2.5-inch, MLC NAND-based storage device features a SAS 3.0 interface (12.0 Gbps) and is available in capacities ranging from 200 GB to 1.6 TB.

Aimed at big-business computing workloads like online transactions, cloud computing and Big Data analytics, the PX03SN delivers up to 130,000 sustained IOPS (4k random read). In terms of longevity, it bests the HG6 with a mean time between failure rating of 2 million hours.

Toshiba isn't slowing down in its pursuit of a healthy slice of the growing enterprise flash storage market. It offered to acquire San Jose, Calif.-based OCZ, the beleaguered maker of SSDs and PCIe flash cards, during bankruptcy proceedings.

Toshiba is also an investor in Violin Memory, a provider of all-flash storage arrays. The companies forged an IP-sharing agreement that Violin CEO Don Basile said will help the tech firms "drive radical new economics that lead to the mass adoption of memory-based architectures."

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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  This article was originally published on Thursday Feb 20th 2014
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