by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces New Value SATA TR200 SSD

Today Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. announced its latest SATA SSD aimed at the consumer market, the TR200. This new drive will feature Toshiba’s latest 3-bit-per-cell TLC (triple-level cell) BiCS FLASH. The TR200 will be geared for those on a budget that want to take advantage of 64-layer 3D flash memory.

The Toshiba TR200 will act as an upgrade from HDDs for both notebooks and/or desktops. Toshiba states that the drive will be affordable (though they didn’t give any pricing information yet) and easy to set up. The drive claims sequential performance numbers of 550MB/s read and 525MB/s write and random performance of 80K IOPS read and 87K IOPS write, all while using much less power than a standard HDD.

This marks the first SATA-based retail product shipping with the 64-Layer 3-bit-per-cell TLC (triple-level cell) BiCS FLASH. Toshiba is aiming the product at entry-level DIY system builders and first time upgraders from HDDs. This also marks a change in consumer products for the company. From here on retail SSDs will be shipping under the Toshiba brand name (OCZ branding products will be a sub-series). The newly branding Toshiba SSDs will have the same performance OCZ drives were known for and target the same markets.

Toshiba TR200 specifications:

  • Form Factor: 2.5”
  • Capacity: 240GB, 480GB, 960GB
  • NAND: 64-layer 3D BiCS TLC
  • Performance
    • Sequential Read: Up to 550MB/s
    • Sequential Write: Up to 525MB/s
    • Random Read: Up to 80,000KiB IOPS
    • Random Write: Up to 87,000KiB IOPS
  • Endurance
    • TBW : 60 ~ 240
    • MTBF: 1.5 million hours
  • Power
    • DEVSLP (max.): Up to 10 mW
    • Active: 1.6W (960GB)
  • Warranty: 3-year


Toshiba will be demoing the drive at the China Digital Entertainment Expo & Conference (ChinaJoy) in Shanghai, China from July 27-30 and GamesCom in Cologne, Germany from August 22-26. The drive is expected to be available this fall. 

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