Feeds

Tosh puts slim model on a single-plate diet to create new 7mm mutant

At 350GB, it wasn't hungry for data, anyway

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Toshiba has put its hybrid flash-disk drive on a diet - and a new, slimmer device has emerged with just one spinning platter.

Toshiba 7mm hybrid disk drive

Toshiba's 7mm hybrid disk drive

The new MQ01ABFH is a single-plate version of the existing MQ01ABDH, and is available in 320GB and 500GB capacities. The earlier two-platter MQ01ABDH is 9.5mm thick whereas its little slim sister is just 7mm.

The included NAND flash cache bumps up its performance: Tosh claims its "PCMark Vantage Average HDD Score, the established industry method for measuring SSHD read/write performance and responsiveness, for the MQ01ABF500H is approximately 20,000, surpassing the 16,000 industry standard result."

Apart from that we get no more technical details. We can assume that features from its wider-waisted sibling are carried through, and that will give us an 8GB NAND flash cache, 32MB DRAM cache, 6Gbit/s SATA interface, and a 5,400rpm rotation speed.

With its skinny profile it is clearly going to be targeted at tablet and ultra-thin notebook devices; gaming devices and ordinary notebooks will be ancillary markets.

The competition will generally include Seagate's Laptop Thin SSHD, a single-platter flash hybrid spinning at 7,200rpm and a 500GB capacity. Western Digital also has its Black UltraSlim SSHD with the same capacity but in a 5mm thick enclosure, and, we presume, a 7,200rpm spin speed too. It's possible Toshiba is using fast SLC NAND whereas Seagate and Western Digital use the slower, and cheaper, MLC flavour of NAND. That might compensate for the Toshiba drive's slower spin speed.

Toshiba 7mm hybrid disk drive slider

Inside the Toshiba 7mm SSHD

Tosh says it will offer samples from 28 June, and there is no word on price, but if it's competing against faster-spinning solid-state mutant drives then it ought to be cheaper. ®

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code
Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.