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Toshiba makes MacBook Air's blade SSD available to all

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm sure these memory modules are relatively

    expensive, but that sure is a sweet form factor. I wonder if they put out much heat. It's too bad that the MacBook Air's memory isn't upgradeable. Apple should have probably waited for this, but I guess Apple wanted to be the first to use it. Now all the other companies can use upgradeable versions and say their product is better than Apple's. I've heard this type of memory degrades over time, but I think I'd rather have this type of memory instead of a rotating hard drive in a portable computer if the costs were somewhat close. It would really be sweet if an iPad could use this type of upgradeable memory in a slot.

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