Growing tired of solid state news
yet? Nah, impossible, right? As the
HDD looks increasingly aged, SSDs are stepping in at an alarming rate
to replace 'em. Though, all the power saving, speed and durability in
the world won't matter if prices don't stoop down to reasonable levels,
and that'll only occur with more competition in the sector.
Today, Toshiba America Electronic Components (TEAC) has announced that
its latest generation solid state drives, based on 43nm MLC NAND-flash,
are now shipping to manufacturers of more than five leading mobile PC
brands. For now, the drives are only being made available to OEMs, so
you'll need to buy yourself a new machine in order to acquire one. As
for sizes? Toshiba will ship the units in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB
capacities, with drive sizes including 1.8" and 2.5" form factors.
Naturally, both are designed for use in notebooks and portable media
players, though Toshiba isn't saying exactly who is buying or where
they'll be headed.
Toshiba assures us that the units can hit a maximum sequential read
speed of 230MB per second and a maximum sequential write speed of
180MBps per second, with AES data encryption is an option to keep
information protected. Unfortunately, exact pricing details aren't
mentioned, but that's to be expected given the OEM-only approach.