Toshiba Announces Next Generation 15,000 RPM Enterprise Performance HDD

Toshiba AL14SX Series delivers high mission critical disk drive performance in capacities up to 900GB in a power-saving, low-latency 2.5inch form-factor.

Monday, June 12, 2017 11:34 am EDT

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"With both 512n sector and Advanced Format sector models available, the AL14SX Series provides high performance and capacity for mission critical workloads that demand low HDD latency and superior data integrity."

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC), a committed technology leader, announces the new AL14SX Series HDD – a family of 15,000rpm enterprise performance hard disk drives for mission critical servers and storage. Boasting a new 900GB1capacity model, this drive series features a 50 percent capacity increase and superior performance and power savings compared to Toshiba’s prior AL13SX generation.

The AL14SX Series is available in 300GB, 600GB and 900GB capacities in a compact, 2.5 inch, 15mm form-factor, saving rack space and reducing mission critical storage footprint and operational burden. Available models support 512 native, 4K native or emulated 512 sector length technologies for optimized compatibility with industry standard applications and operating environments. At 290 MiB/s2,3 with 4Kn/512e model and 5.6 watt power consumption rating, the AL14SX features a 19 percent increase in maximum sustained transfer rate and a 28.7 percent improvement in power efficiency (W/GB) over the prior AL13SX generation.

“The new 900GB AL14SX Enterprise Performance models are a logical extension of our successful AL13SX model line-up and are well matched to the latest generation servers and storage systems,” said Scott Wright, director disk drive product marketing at Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. “With both 512n sector and Advanced Format sector models available, the AL14SX Series provides high performance and capacity for mission critical workloads that demand low HDD latency and superior data integrity.”

The AL14SX Series features optional Sanitize Instant Erase (SIE)4 models and leverages Toshiba’s persistent write cache technology for robust data integrity in sudden power-loss environments. Each model is purpose-built for tier one mission critical servers; RAID (redundant array of independent disks) storage; servers hosting databases and transaction-based applications; high-performance computing; and rack-optimized data centers. This is just the latest in Toshiba’s innovative HDD offerings that led to the company being named the fastest growing HDD vendor segment in 2016 over 20155 in a recent IDC market report.6

The AL14SX drives are now shipping. For more information on Toshiba’s line of storage product, please visit: http://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/us/product/storage-products.html. To learn more about Toshiba’s storage solutions visit the storage blog at http://storage.toshiba.com/corporateblog/ and follow @ToshibaStorage on Twitter.

About Toshiba Corp. and Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)

Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, VARs, distributors and fabless chip companies worldwide. A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, solid state drives (SSDs), hard disk drives (HDDs), discrete devices, custom SoCs/ASICs, imaging products, microcontrollers, wireless components, mobile peripheral devices, advanced materials and medical tubes that make possible today’s leading smartphones, tablets, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics, industrial applications, enterprise solutions and more.

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan’s largest semiconductor, solid state drive and hard disk drive manufacturer and the world’s seventh largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2015 Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue, January, 2016). Founded in Tokyo in 1875, Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 550 consolidated companies employing over 188,000 people worldwide. Visit Toshiba's web site at http://toshiba.semicon-storage.com.

1Definition of capacity: Toshiba defines a megabyte (MB) as 1,000,000 bytes, a gigabyte (GB) as 1,000,000,000 bytes and a terabyte (TB) as 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. A computer operating system, however, reports storage capacity using powers of 2 for the definition of 1TB = 230 bytes = 1,099,511,627,776 bytes and therefore shows less storage capacity. Available storage capacity (including examples of various media files) will vary based on file size, formatting, settings, software and operating system, such as Microsoft Operating System and/or pre-installed software applications, or media content. Actual formatted capacity may vary.
2Read and write speed may vary depending on the host device, read and write conditions, and file size
3A kibibyte (KiB) means 210, or 1,024 bytes, a mebibyte (MiB) means 220, or 1,048,576 bytes, and a gibibyte (GiB) means 230, or 1,073,741,824 bytes.
4Sanitize Instant erase (SIE) is a function to invalidate the data recorded on the magnetic disks at a blink
5As measured by revenue and units
6Fastest growing HDD vendor in 2016 over 2015 as measured by revenue and units based on IDC Worldwide 4Q16 HDD Shipment Results and Four-Quarter Forecast Update (Feb 2017 - Doc #US42306617)


Information in this press release, including product pricing and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current and believed to be accurate on the date of the announcement, but is subject to change without prior notice. Technical and application information contained here is subject to the most recent applicable Toshiba product specifications.

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