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.