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Toshiba outs 'blade' SSDs

Toshiba is currently showing off its new blade-style, high-capacity Solid-State Drives called Blade X-Gate.

You might be forgiven for thinking, at first glance, that you were looking at a couple of memory sticks, but look again and you'll see the 3Gb/s SATA II connecter lurking on the end of the thin board.

What we have here is a series of three SSDs designed to be crammed into mobile devices and super-slim notebooks like the Apple MacBook Air.

They come in 64, 128 and 256GB flavours and Toshiba reckons the biggest version has the the largest density for its physical size in the industry.

The drives are just 2.2mm thick, 42 per cent thinner than current mSATA offerings, and Tosh reckons its new wiring technology and layout means even better data rates.

So you get 200MB/s read times, 180MB/s write times and a mean time to failure (MTTF) quoted at a suspiciously round one million writes.

No word of pricing as yet but we reckon arm + leg + one other major appendage will be about right for the 256GB version.