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Toshiba Enters SSD Market

Irvine, Calif. — Toshiba America Electronic Components today introduced its first three solid-state drives (SSD) for the notebook market.

Toshiba, a major maker of hard disk drives, unveiled 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacity in three different form factors, an embedded module and 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch sizes, the company reported. The SSDs are based on multilevel cell NAND flash memory. The drives will be showcased in several Toshiba notebooks during next month’s International CES.

Samples will be available during the first quarter of 2008 with mass production expected to follow during the same period, the company said.

The drives will have an SATA-II interface, use 3.3 volts and have a maximum write speed of 40MBps, read speed of 100MBps and data transfer rate of 3GBps.