Toshiba today launched their entry into the emerging market for solid state drives. Heading the line-up is a 128GB SSD for notebook PCs, featuring multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory. This product is also available in 32GB and 64GB capacities and is offered as an embedded module and in 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch drive enclosures.
SSDs offer lower power consumption, a faster boot time, higher reliability, improved performance and no mechanical sound compared to hard disk drives, but market penetration has been held back by low densities and high prices.
Toshiba expects the launch of its MLC NAND-based line-up to speed up the acceptance of solid-state memory in laptops and digital consumer products and to widen the horizons of the NAND flash market.
Toshiba SSDs offer a maximum read speed of 100MBps and maximum write speed of 40MBps with the SATA II interface and rated to operate for one million hours.
The new solid state drives will be showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas January 7-10, 2008. Samples and mass production will follow from the first quarter (January to March) of next year.