Toshiba calls them “blade-type SSDs” and they really look like a memory stick with a connector on one end just as Apple’s drives do. The drives come in three sizes right now – 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, just like Apple’s drives do. Compare them to the pictures in iFixit’s tear down of the MacBook Air.
Toshiba says they are …
“… ideally suited for integration into space-sensitive products, including mini-mobile and netbook PCs, and give product developers greater freedom and flexibility in product design.”
So a notebook or netbook compute could benefit from the great performance these kinds of drives are giving the MacBook Air. The drive is small – only 2.2mm think meaning it is almost half the thickness of a regular drive.
The drives are available now to OEMs. Some of the technical details are below:
- SATA 2.6 Interface
- 3.3 volts
- 220MBs read time; 180MB/s write time
- 24mm wide x 2.2 mm high x 108.9 mm long for 64/128GB model; 256GB is 3.7mm high
- 9.8g for 64/128GB; 13.2 for 256GB