Toshiba announces solid state laptop drives to 128GB

TOKYO - Japanese memory chip maker Toshiba said today it would make flash-based solid state drives for notebook PCs, as it seeks to create new sources of demand for flash memory chips.

The world's No. 2 maker of NAND-type flash memory said its solid state drives would range in capacity from 32 gigabytes to 128 gigabytes, and that it will mass produce the 1.8-inch and 2.5 inch drives in May 2008.

Zippy, quiet, and boasting a faster boot time than hard disk drives, solid state drives are used in portable devices like tablet PCs and Ultra-Mobile PCs. But their high price has prevented them from going mainstream in the PC market.

Samsung Electronics, the world's biggest memory chip maker, and Toshiba's partner SanDisk already make solid-state drives.

Boise, Idaho-based Micron Technology has also said it would enter the solid state drive market, with mass production to start next quarter.


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