SOURCE: Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.

November 14, 2012 09:00 ET

Toshiba's NAND Flash Deprivation Experiments - The Results Are In

It's Conclusive: We Really Can't Function Without It

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 14, 2012) - Taking a humorous look at what life today would be like without NAND flash technology, Toshiba's NAND Flash Deprivation Experiments hit the ground running earlier this year. Today, the company is pleased to announce that the results are in! Completely non-scientific, tongue-in-cheek evidence supports the conclusion that we really can't, in fact, function without flash technology.

Enabling the mobility of content in today's consumer products, NAND flash has become the de-facto silicon storage of choice for everything from memory cards and USB drives to solid state drives and enterprise flash arrays. Having invented the technology 25 years ago, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., (TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, rolled out a multi-faceted, interactive campaign that focused on exploring the impact that this technology breakthrough has had on our everyday lives.

A Cliffhanger: The Plot Thickens
Capping off the campaign is the fifth and final video in the NAND Flash Deprivation Experiment series from Toshiba -- which concludes with a plot twist you might not expect! Click here to see for yourself!

We'd Like to Thank the Academy...
Over the course of the campaign, five lucky Facebook fans were winners of new Toshiba Excite tablets, and hundreds of Facebook fans received themed t-shirts -- with many submitting photos of themselves wearing them! Multiple industry thought leaders chimed in on NAND flash's impact, providing quotes featured on the dedicated microsite,, which serves as a one-stop shop for all things related to the 25th anniversary of NAND flash. The site also features a timeline of notable NAND flash achievements over the past 25 years, images, a dedicated Flash25 Twitter feed, and much more. 

Stay tuned!
NAND flash is not going anywhere any time soon! What does the future hold? In the short term, the technology will continue to branch out and play a starring role in everything from consumer devices to cloud data centers to enterprise applications. According to Scott Nelson, senior vice president, Memory Business Unit, TAEC, "The sky is the limit for what NAND flash technology can do. NAND flash puts higher performance capabilities and smaller, thinner packages into the hands of design engineers -- the rest is up to their imaginations."

Miss an Experiment?
Click on the links below to see the NAND Flash Deprivation Experiments in their entirety:

Watch what happens when two photographers wrestle with old school, non-digital cameras:

Do you work with someone like this?

eReaders have made books mobile... see what happens when a student has to take a step back in time:

Things go south very quickly when teenagers are deprived of their go-to devices:

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*About Toshiba Corp. and TAEC

Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, VARs, distributors and fabless chip companies worldwide. A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, solid state drives (SSDs), hard disk drives (HDDs), discrete devices, advanced materials, medical tubes, custom SoCs/ASICs, imaging products, microcontrollers and wireless components that make possible today's leading smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics, enterprise solutions and more.

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan's largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world's third largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2011 Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue, March, 2012). Toshiba Corporation was founded in 1875 and today has over 554 subsidiaries and affiliates, with 210,000 employees worldwide. Visit Toshiba's web site at

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