Toshiba Enters SSD Market With 128GB Drives

Manufacturing partnership means we should be hearing similar news from SanDisk soon.

The roll out of SSDs to date has been as frustrating as HHDs were disappointing. Sure, the technology is out there but no one wants to sell you it directly… or do they?

After all we’ve had 128GB SDDs from niche players like SuperTalent and Mtron already, but now our heads have really been turned the full 180 degrees with news monster corporate Toshiba is now entering the game.

Today the company confirmed it will launch nine SSDs ranging from 32GB to 128GB in 3.5in desktop and both 1.8in and 2.5in notebook friendly formats. The entire range will use SATA II (3Gbps) interfaces to reach potential 100MBps read and 40MBps write speeds. Power requirements are just 5V (3.3V in 1.8in) and an incredible operating life of 1,000,000 hours is predicted.

As for release time frames, Toshiba will be showcasing the drives at CES in January with plans to have 3.5in samples in February, beginning mass production in March. The 1.8in and 2.5in variants will sample in April and begin mass production in May. Pricing at this stage remains a long way off.

Of course an interesting offshoot of this story is that Toshiba and SanDisk both share ownership of the Yokkaichi SSD Japanese production plant. So expect SanDisk to make a similar announcement any minute.

Right, Christmas is now officially boring – bring on the summer of ’08!

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