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Today Toshiba is the storage supplier that owns design, development, manufacturing, sales and other infrastructure functions spanning the enterprise, mobile and retail environments for all of hard disk drive (HDD), solid state hybrid drive (SSHD), solid state drive (SSD), and NAND flash memory (NAND) products. As one of the leading providers of integrated storage solutions and as the inventor of flash memory, Toshiba sets many of today’s industry standards for storage technology.

It has remained at the forefront of the storage industry for almost a half of century and has helped product designers realize new and exciting applications that were previously just a figment of someone’s imagination with several new breakthroughs as listed below.

Toshiba will inspire the future of storage technologies with considerable and dedicated research and development.

Calendar Year Milestones Note
2015 Launched 3 series SSD as Toshiba's first NVMe™ PCIe® models, including the world’s smallest single package NVMe SSD as 256GB-sized SSD. *1 *2
Released enterprise SSDs delivering the industry's highest-class random read performance of 270,000 IOPS with 12Gbit/s SAS interface. *3 *4 *5 
Achieved the industry's largest areal density of 1 Tbpsi (Tera bit per square inch, Tera: 1012) with 2.5-inch HDD. *3 *6
2014 Launched Toshiba's first enterprise capacity HDD optimized for servers supporting cloud-based applications and analytic workloads.  
Released Toshiba's first high capacity HDD for surveillance applications.  
Toshiba's self-encrypting HDD was validated to government-class security requirements.  
Released the industry's largest-class storage capacity up to 600GB in a 15,000rpm 2.5-inch HDD design. *2 *3 *6 
Launched client SSD using 19nm second-generation NAND process technology.  
Released 3.5-inch nearline enterprise HDD with the industry's largest 5TB recording capacity. *2 *3 *6 
Completed acquisition of OCZ   Technology Group's assets and launched new subsidiary, OCZ Storage Solutions. *1
2013 Expanded enterprise SSD family with the new models designed to support read intensive application with both of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Serial ATA (SATA) interface.  
Launched enterprise high endurance SSD providing higher  level of endurance for write-intensive applications and systems than Toshiba's previous enterprise SSD.  
Released Toshiba's first two-platter 7mm-height HDD delivering up to industry's largest-class 1TB of storage capacity. *2 *3   
Launched Toshiba's first 7,278rpm 2.5-inch HDD series with 7mm-height. *6 
Launched industry's largest capacity of 320GB automotive-grade HDD. *2 *3 
Expanded SSHD lineup with Toshiba's first 7mm-height models.  
Started shipment of the enterprise SSD with the industry's largest-class of 1.6TB storage capacity in the market. *1 *2 
Announced the SSD and HDD models with the new security features of self-encrypting drive (SED) and supporting cryptographic-erase.  
Shipped 26 million Automotive-Grade HDDs.  
2012 Start shipment of the industry largest class 4TB storage capacity nearline HDD. *2 *3 
Completed acquisition of HDD manufacturing equipment and transfer of HDD manufacturing facility from Western Digital.   Started shipment of 3.5-inch HDD for consumer products. *1 *6
Launched enterprise 2.5-inch HDD in industry's highest capacity class up to 900GB for drives with 10,500rpm rotation speed. *2 *3 *6 
Released industry's first client SSD using 19nm NAND process technology. *3
Began volume production of SSHD, combining the performance of NAND with the capacity of HDD.  
2011 Two manufacturing companies of HDD and SSD in Philippines were unified into one company.  
Launched 2.5-inch HDD with industry's first series of self-encrypting drives (SED) equipped with wipe technology. *3 *6 
2010 Announced wipe technology for Self-Encrypting HDD.  
Introduced industry's highest areal density 2.5-inch 750GB HDD. *2 *3 *6 
Introduced Enterprise SSDs with 32nm eSLC NAND.  
2009 Toshiba acquired Fujitsu built-in HDD business, creating the broadest portfolio of products in the storage industry. *1 *3
Industry's first HDD manufacturer to meet the OPAL encryption specification.  *3 *7 
2008 Released industry's largest-class 512GB client SSD using 43nm process MLC NAND. *2 *3
Brought SATA technology to automotive HDDs.  
2007 Entered client SSD industry with 128GB storage capacity model using MLC NAND.  *2 
Entered personal storage market with a line of portable USB 2.0 external hard drives.  
Achieved Toshiba's 5,000,000 units' shipment of automotive HDD.  
2005 Achieved Toshiba's 100,000,000 units' shipment of whole Toshiba HDD.  
Commercialized the industry's first PMR (Perpendicular magnetic recording) HDD. *3
2004 Announced the industry's first 2.5-inch SAS Enterprise HDD. *3 *6 *7 
Released 0.85-inch HDD and recognized in the Guinness World Records for world's smallest HDD. *1 *6
Released the industry's first 2.5-inch SATA HDD. *3 *6 *7
2001 Released the industry's first automotive HDD. *3 
2000 Debuted the first high-volume 1.8-inch HDD with the storage capacity of 5GB in 5mm height. *2 *3 *6 
1998 Achieved Toshiba's 20,000,000 units' shipment of HDD in total.  
Released the industry's first 2.5-inch HDD that utilized GMR   (Giant magnetoresistive) head. *3 *6 
1996 Achieved Toshiba's 10,000,000 units' shipment of HDD in total.  
1995 Started TIP (Toshiba Information Equipment (Philippines), Inc.) manufacturing operation.  
1994 Achieved Toshiba's 5,000,000 units' shipment of HDD in total.  
1991 Released the industry's first HDD that used Glass Platters. *3
1990 Started shipment of 2.5-inch HDD. *6 
1987 Started volume production of Toshiba's first 3.5-inch HDD. *6 
1984 Started volume production of Toshiba's first 5.25-inch HDD. *6 
1983 Started volume production of Toshiba's first 8-inch HDD. *6 
1980 Released the industry's first 10.5-inch HDD. *3 *6 *7 
1967 Entered HDD industry with 14-inch models. *6 
  • *1:  NVMe is a trademark of NVM Express, Inc. PCIe is a registered trademark of PCI-SIG. OCZ is a registered trademark or trademark of OCZ Storage Solutions - a Toshiba group company. Western Digital is a registered trademark or trademark of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Fujitsu is a registered trademark or trademark of Fujitsu Limited. Guinness World Records is a trademark of Guinness World Records Limited.
  • *2: Definition of capacity: Toshiba defines 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 1GB = 230 = 1,073,741,824 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.
  • *3: As of the time of the announcement.
  • *4: As the dual-ported 12Gbit/s 2.5-inch form factor SAS Interface SSD, PX04S Series offers random 4K performance with read IOPS up to 270,000 (sustained). Read and write speed may vary depending on the host device, read and write conditions, and file size.
  • *5: IOPS: Input/output Operations Per Second
  • *6: "-inch" means the form factors of HDDs or SSDs. They do not indicate drive’s physical size.
  • *7: Milestones achieved before acquisition of Fujitsu built-in HDD business.


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