Toshiba outs new 25inch AL13SE hard drives up to 900GB of 10,500RPM storageA 2.5-inch drive spinning at speeds up to 10,000RPM? Sure, we've seen it before, but only with enough room for 600GB worth of data. Toshiba, however, has trumped its forebears by upping the capacity to 900GB with its new 2.5-inch HDD, dubbed the AL13SE. 300GB, 450GB and 600GB flavors are offered as well, and all of them spin at up to 10,500RPM and promise a 32% increase in sustained transfer rates over previous-gen drives. Additionally, the AL13SE sends and receives data via a 6Gbps SAS 2.0 connection to make life easier on IT guys than those SATA drives most of us use. Unfortunately, Tosh isn't telling how much the new drives will cost, nor when they'll be available for purchase, but you can dig into all the drive details you can handle in the PR after the break and at the source link below.

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Toshiba Announces Next-Generation 10,000 RPM-Class Enterprise Storage Hard Disk Drive Series

2.5-Inch HDDs Offer up to 900GB Capacity, 6Gb/s SAS Interface with Improved Performance and Reliability for Mission-Critical Server and Storage Applications

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Toshiba's Storage Products Business Unit, a division of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., and a committed technology leader, today announced the AL13SE series of 2.5-inch 6Gb/s SAS interface hard disk drives (HDDs), which offer enterprise-class performance in capacities ranging from 900GB1 to 300GB.

"The increased performance and reliability of the AL13SE reflect our collaboration with our key partners to deliver small form-factor hard disk drives that address market requirements for mission-critical storage."
The AL13SE is the first 10,000 RPM class model enterprise drive from Toshiba to achieve 900GB capacity and is also the first of Toshiba's 10,000 RPM drives to employ a dual-stage head positioning actuator that provides additional performance gains, including a 32% increase in sustained transfer rate.

Designed for even the most demanding mission-critical applications, the AL13SE series features an operating reliability rating of 2,000,000 power-on hours2, a 25% increase over prior-generation drives. System compatibility is also assured through usage of the industry-standard 512 byte sector size.

In keeping with Toshiba's leadership in power efficiency design, the AL13SE Series uses Supported Enhanced Power Condition State technology to lower RPM idle speed.

"The AL13SE Series provides enterprise customers with capacities up to 900GB that support a broad range of enterprise applications," said Joel Hagberg, vice president of marketing at Toshiba's Storage Products Business Unit. "The increased performance and reliability of the AL13SE reflect our collaboration with our key partners to deliver small form-factor hard disk drives that address market requirements for mission-critical storage."

The AL13SE series is also available mounted in a 3.5-inch bracket3 for use in legacy based 3.5-inch servers and storage enclosures, providing the same 10,000 RPM class spin speed, 6 Gb/sec SAS interface, and reduced power consumption benefits available with small form factor drive technology.

For more information on Toshiba's line of industry-leading enterprise-class small form factor hard drives, visit www.toshibastorage.com.

Product Specifications*

AL13SEB900 AL13SEB600 AL13SEB450 AL13SEB300
Capacity 900GB 600GB 450GB 300GB

Average seek time: Read (typ.) 3.7ms
Write (typ.) 4.1ms
Interface SAS 2.0
Interface speed 6 Gb/s
Rotation speed 10,500 RPM
Buffer memory 64 MB
External dimensions (W)x(D)x(H) 69.85mm(2.75")x100.45mm(3.95")x 15.00mm(0.59")
Weight 240 g. or less
Power Consumption: Idle (ready) 4.7 watts (max)
Idle (low rotational speed) 2.7 watts (max)
Acoustic (Ready) 30 dB
Vibration: Operating 9.8 m/s2 (1.0G) 20 to 300 Hz
Non-operating 49 m/s2 (5.0G) 20 to 300 Hz
Shock: Operating 980 m/s2 (100G) 1ms
Non-operating 3,920 m/s2 (400G) 2ms

*Specifications for the AL13SE Series 3.5-inch mounted bracket models are available at www.toshibastorage.com.

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Toshiba's new 2.5-inch AL13SE hard drives: up to 900GB of 10,500RPM storage