News | December 18, 2017

Toshiba Introduces New 10,500rpm Enterprise Performance HDD Model Generation


Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC), a committed technology leader, announces the AL15SE Series HDD, its next generation of 10,500rpm enterprise performance hard disk drives for mission critical servers and storage. The new drive series boasts a 2,400GB1 capacity model – a 33 percent capacity increase over Toshiba’s AL14SE generation and Toshiba’s largest capacity ever for a 10,500rpm HDD.

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AL15SE Series (Photo: Business Wire)

AL15SE Series (Photo: Business Wire)

Built to deliver superior low-latency performance, the AL15SE Series supports 12Gbit/s2 SAS dual-port interface to optimize the host transfer rate. All models utilize a space-efficient, power-saving 2.5 inch3 , 15mm form-factor. Advanced Format models support 4K native and 512e emulated sector technologies and increase areal density in capacities ranging from 600GB to 2,400GB and feature a 15 percent increase in sustained transfer rate over the prior AL14SE generation. New 512n sector technology models increase areal density in capacities ranging from 300GB to 1,200GB.

“The 10,500rpm disk continues to be the workhorse of mission critical IT operations,” said Scott Wright, director disk drive product marketing at Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. “With Advanced Format models now supporting up to 2,400GB, the AL15SE Series provides a clear path forward for customers who may benefit from higher capacity per spindle for performance-oriented traditional IT, in mission-critical hybrid storage platforms, and in read-intensive applications that may benefit from lower-latency.”

The AL15SE 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 scenarios. The models are designed for tier one mission-critical servers and storage systems, including hybrid storage platforms which may benefit from both low-latency and storage capacity up to 2,400GB.

Sample shipments of the AL15SE are available now. For more information on Toshiba’s full line of storage products, please visit: To learn more about Toshiba’s storage solutions visit the storage blog at and follow @ToshibaStorage on Twitter.

About Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.
Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. is the US based electronic components business of Toshiba Electronic Devices and Storage Corporation. TAEC offers consumers and businesses a wide variety of innovative hard disk drive (HDD) products plus semiconductor solutions for automotive, industrial, IoT, motion control, telecoms, networking, consumer and white goods applications. The company’s broad portfolio encompasses integrated wireless ICs, power semiconductors, microcontrollers, optical semiconductors, ASICs, ASSPs and discrete devices ranging from diodes to logic ICs. For more company information visit TAEC’s web site at

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1 Definition of capacity: A gigabyte (GB) as 1,000,000,000 bytes. A computer operating system, however, reports storage capacity using powers of 2 for the definition of 1TB = 240 = 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 and/or pre-installed software applications, or media content. Actual formatted capacity may vary.

2 Read and write speed may vary depending on the host device, read and write conditions, and file size.

3 Form Factor: "2.5-inch" means the form factor of HDDs. They do not indicate drive's physical size

4 Sanitize Instant erase (SIE) is a function to invalidate the data recorded on the magnetic disks at a blink.

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