256GB SSD with MLC from Toshiba
256GB SSD with MLC from Toshiba
[Click to enlarge image]

Toshiba Corp announced enhancements to its line-up of NAND-Flash-based solid state drives (SSD) with the addition of an 256Gb SSD and the launch of a series of small-sized Flash modules for netbook computers ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs) and other mobile and peripheral applications.

The high density SSD brings 256GB of capacity, an original MLC controller that achieves higher read-write speeds, parallel data transfers, and wear leveling to a 2.5-inch form factor drive. In addition, the company provides support for the growing market for small, stripped down netbook computers and other personal equipment with the launch of Flash modules, small SSDs supporting 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB densities.

The 256GB SSD mounts NAND Flash memory on a 70.6mm (L) x 53.6mm (W) x 3.0mm (H) platform. The drive offers performance characteristics essential for today's mainstream notebook PCs: highly reliable, high density data storage and support for fast data transfer rates, with a maximum read speed of 120MB a second and maximum write speed of 70MB a second, via a high speed SATA 3.0Gb/s interface.

The Flash modules are fabricated on a 50mm x 30mm platform and offer a maximum read and write speeds of 80MB and 50MB a second, respectively. They are also compatible with the SATA interface and will support continued development of the fast growing market for netbook PCs, UMPCs and mobile and peripheral applications by offering developers a wider range of SSD for integration in differentiated products.

Samples of both the 256GB SSD and the Flash modules are available now, while mass production will begin in Q4 (October to December) of this year.