Toshiba to Make Solid-State PC Disks

Joins competitors in effort to create demand for flash memory
By Laila Weir,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2007 3:05 PM CST
Toshiba to Make Solid-State PC Disks
SanDisk Vaulter Disk, a flash-based solid state module that can speed up the performance of a laptop or desktop PC by working in conjunction with the computer's hard drive, was introduced by SanDisk Corporation of Milpitas, Calif. The device, which won an innovations award from the Consumer Electronics...   (Associated Press)

Toshiba will start making flash-based solid-state drives for laptops, the company said Monday. The Japanese memory chip maker is trying to create more demand for flash chips, reports Reuters. Solid-state drives, which offer a faster boot-up than hard disk drives, are used in portable devices, but aren't mainstream yet in PCs due to their high cost.

Toshiba said it will produce 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch drives in May 2008. The drives will range from 32 gigabytes to 128 gigabytes of capacity. Samsung Electronics and Toshiba partner SanDisk already make solid-state drives, and Micron Technology plans to enter the market next quarter. (More hard drives stories.)

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