Toshiba Announces Hybrid Drive Combining NAND Flash and Hard Drive Expertise

Hybrid Drive Transforms User Experience with Extreme Speed and Capacity, Giving a “Best-of-Both-Worlds” Approach to Personal Computing

IRVINE, Calif.--()--Toshiba’s Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., a committed technology leader, today announced customer shipments of its first Hybrid Drive, the MQ01ABDH series. The series provides the ideal combination of performance found in solid state disks (SSDs) and the capacity and cost-effectiveness of hard disk drives (HDDs) with capacities up to 1 terabyte2 (TB).

Developed to enhance the PC user experience, the new 2.5-inch 9.5mm high SATA Hybrid Drive series features “self-learning” caching algorithms that learn the system user’s data access patterns to optimize performance. The self-learning caching algorithms also manage which user data is stored to the NAND Flash for quick response to the near future access from the host, as well as how the data in the NAND Flash is updated based on intelligent access pattern learning.

“Hybrid Drives represent a significant innovative technology for Toshiba in combining the high-performance features of NAND Flash, with the key HDD attributes of large capacity and cost-effective data storage,” said Joel Hagberg, vice president of marketing at Toshiba’s Storage Products Business Unit. “As the only storage company which designs and manufactures HDDs as well as NAND flash, Toshiba is in a unique position to capitalize on these benefits because the expertise on how these technologies function resides within Toshiba.”

Toshiba’s MQ01ABDH series transforms the user experience with extreme responsiveness and breakthrough performance enabling faster system boot-up times and data access. Available in 1TB and 750GB1 capacities, the MQ01ABDH 100 and MQ01ABDH 075 drives are ideally suited for ultrathin and standard-sized notebooks, gaming PCs, all-in-one and slimline desktops and other digital computing applications where a no-compromise approach to system performance and storage capacity is desired.

The MQ01ABDH series will be featured in various notebook PCs, with the first systems shipping in time for the holiday season.

For more information on Toshiba’s line of industry-leading SSDs, HDDs and Hybrid Drives, visit www.toshibastorage.com. To connect with Toshiba Storage, visit the corporate blog at http://storage.toshiba.com/corporateblog/ and follow @ToshibaStorage on Twitter.

Product Specifications:

Model Number   MQ1ABD075H     MQ01ABD100H
Maximum Capacity (Formatted) 1   750GB     1TB
Number of platters   2

Areal density (max)

 

858.1 Mb/mm2
(553.6Gb/in2)

   

1153.4Mb/mm2
(744.1Gb/in2)

Average seek time   12 ms
Rotational speed   5400 RPM
Buffer memory   32 MiB*
NAND Flash Size   8GB
Interface   Serial ATA 3.0 (ATA-8)
Interface transfer rate   6 Gb/s
External dimensions (WxDxH; mm)   69.85 mm x 100.0 mm x 9.5 mm
Weight (g)   117 g (max)
Shock resistance:  

 

Operating

3,920m/s(2) (400G) 2ms

Non-operating  

8,820m/s(2) (900G) 1ms

Acoustics:

 

Idle (average)

23 dB

Seek (average)  

24 dB

* One Mebibyte (1MiB) is calculated as 1,048,576 bytes.

About Toshiba Storage Products

Toshiba Corporation and its affiliates offer one-of-a-kind global storage solutions, offering hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state drives (SSDs) and NAND flash memories – technologies that drive a wide range of consumer electronics, computer and automotive applications, as well as enterprise solutions for the global marketplace. Toshiba is a leader in the development, design and manufacture of mobile, consumer and enterprise hard disk drives and solid state drives. In North America, the Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. markets high-quality storage peripherals to original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, value-added resellers, value-added dealers, systems integrators and distributors worldwide. Inherent in the Toshiba storage family are the high-quality engineering and manufacturing capabilities that have established Toshiba products as innovation leaders worldwide. For more information, visit www.toshibastorage.com

About Toshiba Corp. and Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)

Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, VARs, distributors and fabless chip companies worldwide. A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, solid state drives (SSDs), hard disk drives (HDDs), discrete devices, advanced materials, medical tubes, custom SoCs/ASICs, imaging products, microcontrollers and wireless components that make possible today’s leading smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics, enterprise solutions and more.

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan’s largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world’s third largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2011 Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue, March, 2012). Toshiba Corporation was founded in 1875 and today has over 554 subsidiaries and affiliates, with 210,000 employees worldwide. Visit Toshiba's web site at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.

© 2012 Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. All rights reserved. All product, service and company names are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Information in this press release, including product pricing and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current and believed to be accurate on the date of the announcement, but is subject to change without prior notice. Technical and application information contained here is subject to the most recent applicable Toshiba product specifications.

  1. One Gigabyte (1GB) means 109 = 1,000,000,000 bytes using powers of 10. A computer operating system, however, reports storage capacity using powers of 2 for the definition of 1GB = 230 = 1,073,741,824 bytes and therefore shows less storage capacity. Available storage capacity (including examples of various media files) will vary based on file size, formatting, settings, software and operating system, such as Microsoft Operating System and/or pre-installed software applications, or media content. Actual formatted capacity may vary.
  2. One Terabyte (1TB) means 1012= 1,000,000,000,000 bytes using powers of 10. A computer operating system, however, reports storage capacity using powers of 2 for the definition of 1TB = 240 = 1,099,511,627,776 bytes and therefore shows less storage capacity. Available storage capacity (including examples of various media files) will vary based on file size, formatting, settings, software and operating system, such as Microsoft Operating System and/or pre-installed software applications, or media content. Actual formatted capacity may vary.

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