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Toshiba Corporation's Lithium-Ion Battery Energy Storage Systems Make Renewable Energy More Practical
Mar 13 14
Toshiba Corporation announced that it has delivered battery energy storage systems integrating the company's SCiB(TM), an innovative lithium-ion secondary battery to Kyushu Electric Power Co. Inc., for a demonstration project to expand introduction of renewable energy sources on remote islands. The systems have been installed in substations on Tanegashima Island and Amamioshima Island, in Kagoshima prefecture, and will be used to demonstrate the integration and optimum control of battery energy storage systems deployed to manage frequency regulation and maintain stable power supply on remote islands, which are increasingly turning to renewable energy sources. When large-scale renewable energy sources such as wind and photovoltaic are integrated into power grids on remote islands, power frequencies tends to fluctuate due to intermittent power outputs from the renewables. Toshiba's battery energy storage systems provide such islands with an excellent solution for efficient and effective frequency regulation. The maximum output and capacity of the systems Toshiba has delivered are 3,000kW and 1,161kWh for Tanegashima Island and 2,000kW and 774kWh for Amamioshima Island. Both systems integrate Toshiba's SCiB(TM) lithium-ion secondary batteries, which are known for their long-life and excellent performance: support for over 10,000 charge-discharge cycles; rapid charging and discharging; high level reliability and operational safety.
Toshiba Corporation and NTT Communications Corporation Announce Strategic Alliance
Mar 5 14
Toshiba Corporation and NTT Communications Corporation have announced an alliance under which Toshiba's data-center and cloud-computing services will be provided to customers by NTT Com's Enterprise Cloud, a full-layer virtual private cloud, and data centers. Services will be provided in North America and Asia from April, and then expanded to Europe thereafter. Toshiba, which has provided data-center and cloud-computing services primarily to domestic companies in Japan, will now use Enterprise Cloud to provide global-scale data-center and cloud-computing services that enable enterprise customers to expand and manage their operations within a common cloud network environment accessible from anywhere in the world. Also under the alliance, Toshiba has begun supplying NTT Com with high-quality, high-performance storage systems that are now being used in selected parts of the Enterprise Cloud environment. NTT Com intends to further strengthen its cloud services with Toshiba's advanced technologies for storage and related storage services. Enterprise Cloud, which offers cloud computing resources, high-security VPN connections and much more, is accessible via NTT Com's global network, which reaches 196 countries and regions and offers over 150 secure data centers worldwide.
Toshiba Corporation Launches HG6 Series of Client SSDs Using NAND Process Technology
Mar 4 14
Toshiba Corporation announced the launch of the ‘HG6 series’ of client SSDs integrating NAND chips fabricated with 19nm second generation process technology. The new HG6 series SSDs are the company’s first to use NAND chips fabricated with 19nm second generation process technology. Versions will be available in capacities from 60GB to 512GB, in 2.5-type, thin space-saving mSATA and M.2 form factors, to meet various requirements. The new SSDs include a self-encrypting option that is compliant with the Trusted Computing Group's TCG Opal Ver. 2.0. They also incorporate Toshiba's original wipe function, which automatically erases data when an SSD is accessed by an unregistered system. All models in the series integrate a 6Gbit/s SATA interface and have a maximum sequential read speed of 534MB/s (512GB model). They offer fast booting and application starts, and their low power consumption help to improve battery life in mobile devices. The HG6 series is suitable for notebook PCs, workstations, thin clients, server boot drives and read-intensive enterprise applications.
Toshiba Launches Next Generation 15,000 RPM Enterprise Performance HDDs
Mar 4 14
Toshiba Corporation announced new additions to its lineup of enterprise performance hard disk drives (HDD), the AL13SXB series and the self-encrypting AL13SXQ series, which are suitable for mission-critical enterprise applications. Sample shipping will start from the middle of March. The AL13SX series offers capacities up to 600GB(), the largest-class storage capacity() in a 15,000 RPM 2.5-inch design, double the maximum capacity of previous generation drives(). The drives provide lower latency and power savings compared with legacy 3.5-inch 15,000 RPM 600GB models. Customers have the choice of AL13SX drives that support 512n (native), 512e (emulation) or 4Kn storage formats. The long sector models (512e and 4Kn) reach sustained transfer rates up to 243 MiB/s() -- an increase of 27% compared to previous generation drives(). The 512n models provide an increase of 19%, with sustained transfer rates reaching 228 MiB/s. Customers also can select a Sanitize Devise Feature set() function, which makes it possible to quickly invalidate data recorded on the magnetic disks.
Toshiba Develops TransferJet -Compatible 3D-Integrated Ultra-Small Module and Ultra-Thin FPC Coupler
Mar 3 14
Toshiba Corporation developed the smallest wireless communication module and thinnest flexible printed circuit (FPC) coupler compatible with TransferJet(TM), the close-proximity wireless transfer technology. In combination and applied to mobile devices, such as smartphones, they achieve a maximum data transfer rate of 375Mbps. Toshiba demonstrated the devices on January 20 at 2014 IEEE Radio Wireless Week (RWW), in Newport Beach, California, USA. TransferJet(TM) continues to win attention as a low-power, high-speed communication standard, and is expected to find wide acceptance because of its uniquely simple approach to connectivity. Since the already high data volumes handled by individuals are expected increase explosively in the near future, TransferJet(TM) is a highly promising solution for high-speed communications between electronic devices in close proximity. This will fuel demand for TransferJet(TM), modules and couplers that can be easily implemented in consumer products. Toshiba's small module, only 4.8mm x 4.8mm x 1.0mm, and ultra-thin FPC coupler, only 0.12mm thick, achieve a maximum physical layer transmission rate of 522Mbps (effective data transfer rate of 375Mbps). Module miniaturization was realized by employing 3D integration technology to embed a TransferJet(TM) -compatible LSI in the module substrate. Such embedding usually requires a higher module to maintain performance, but Toshiba's advanced design capabilities enabled it to secure a low module with excellent performance. The new thin FPC coupler is fabricated with an innovative process that uses molecular bonding technology. A potential problem with small, thin modules formed with 3D integration technology is a parasitic capacitance increase that often degrades performance. The frequency response of TransferJet(TM) is particularly sensitive to this, as has a wide signal bandwidth, 560MHz. Toshiba identified potential problems with parasitic capacitance, and solved them with the design of the module structure and tuning transmission signals' waveforms inside the LSI. The new FPC coupler is fabricated with molecular bonding technology, which secures enough adhesion of FPC by covalent bond of a thin molecular layer. The coupler is electrically evaluated with the module and excellent transmission RF signals have been observed. It has quarter thickness of conventional couplers. This module and coupler are ideal for small, thin mobile devices, and Toshiba expects them to be widely adopted. The module is now ready for sample production and the coupler will be ready for sample production this month.