New Toshiba SSDs to hit laptops, netbooks

— 12:44 PM on September 29, 2008

Toshiba is launching a two-front assault on the solid-state flash storage market. As DigiTimes reports, the Japanese firm has started sampling a 256GB solid-state drive for regular notebooks and a trio of small flash modules for netbooks. All four drives should hit mass production next quarter.

The 256GB THNS256GE8BC SSD has a standard 2.5" form factor, and Toshiba has built it out of multi-level-cell flash memory chips. Using a 300MB/s Serial ATA interface, the drive should hit 120MB/s during sequential reads and 70MB/s for sequential writes—not bad, but not exactly out of the ordinary for MLC-based SSDs, either. Samsung announced a similar drive in May that does 200MB/s reads and 160MB/s writes. Perhaps the two companies are aiming at different price points, though.

On the netbook side of things, DigiTimes says Toshiba is sampling three drives: the 8GB THNSA08G0P4L, the 16GB THNSA16G1P4L, and the 32GB THNSA32G1P4L. All three models can read at 80MB/s and write at 50MB/s using 300MB/s Serial ATA interfaces, and they all measure just 5 x 3 cm (2" x 1.2"). These puppies may end up competing against the 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB netbook SSDs Samsung unveiled in August.

Like what we're doing? Pay what you want to support TR and get nifty extra features.
Top contributors
1. BIF - $340 2. Ryu Connor - $250 3. mbutrovich - $250
4. YetAnotherGeek2 - $200 5. End User - $150 6. Captain Ned - $100
7. Anonymous Gerbil - $100 8. Bill Door - $100 9. ericfulmer - $100
10. dkanter - $100
Tip: You can use the A/Z keys to walk threads.
View options

This discussion is now closed.