updated 08:15 am EST, Mon December 10, 2007
Toshiba Solid-State Drives
Toshiba started its week with the introduction of its first solid-state disks in its 1.8-inch HDD range. Designed to replace conventional rotating storage, the drives are said to offer the storage of a multi-level cell flash device with the speed of simpler single-level cell technology: an advanced controller lets it read at 100MB per second, write at 40MB per second, and yet hold 128GB of storage in such a small size, the company says. In combination with a 56-nanometer manufacturing process, this helps the drive speed up response times and extend battery life while still providing the storage of a conventional disk.
The Japanese manufacturer has declined to list prices for the solid-state drives, which also come in 32GB and 64GB models. The company explicitly notes that the disks are designed primarily for ultraportable notebooks but hints that their development is meant to "speed up acceptance" of flash storage not just in computers but also consumer electronics, though it would not provide examples of what this may be. Toshiba plans to demo the drives at the CES technology expo in January and will both sample the drives to manufacturers and ship them in mass quantities during the first quarter of the year.