updated 11:15 pm EST, Sun November 7, 2010
Toshbia X-Gale blade SSD shares MB Air tech
Toshiba tonight shared word that the special blade solid-state drive from the new MacBook Air will be launched for all computer builders, not just Apple. The Blade X-gale uses the same dimensions and is just an inch wide and 0.09 inches thick. The design is nonetheless as fast as many of the best full-size SSDs and can peak at 220MB per second in read speeds and 180MB per second in writes, a key to the Air's near-instant response times.
The design comes in the same 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models that Apple uses; the 256GB capacity is an achievement for an SSD so small, Toshiba said.
Computer designers can buy the Blade X-gale today, but the design is so far targeted at pre-assembly and isn't directly available for MacBook Air owners who want to upgrade their notebooks themselves. Japan's PhotoFast is so far the only one making an MacBook Air upgrade kit and is using a different design.