The smaller the better is the mantra of modern laptop/notebook/netbook manufacturers but it seems as if Apple won’t be the only company to benefit from new technology with will allow designers to slim down their already small devices.
Solid-State Drives (SSDs) are slowly but surely taking over from traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) in this area and Toshiba announced on its website today that it will be offering the module-based Blade X-gale SSDs - which appeared in the latest version of MacBook Air - to all manufacturers. No prices have been revealed so far.
Those on offer on the Toshiba website are the same as those found in the latest iteration of the MacBook Air: 64GB (single-side), 128GB (single-side), and 256GB (double-stacked). The SSDs offer maximum read speeds of 220 MB/sec and maximum write speeds of 180 MB/sec. While other manufacturers have attempted to replicate the slender lines of the Air - notably Samung, Sony and Acer - none have come close to reducing the size while maintaining performance. This could all change with the Blade X-gale SSDs.
In a statement on its site, Toshiba said the new drives 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.”
The blade-shaped drive is only 2.2mm thick which is 42 per cent thinner than the typical mSATA form factor. Toshiba go on to say they are planning on expanding the horizons of their NAND Flash technology in order to grow the market for such devices.
The devices are only on sale to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) so you won’t be able to call into your local Toshiba shop and upgrade your MacBook Air unfortunately.
Hopefully this will lead to some more laptop manufacturers attempting to design some easy-on-the-eye laptops that don’t weigh half a tonne and look about as pretty as the back end of an elephant.