Toshiba Unveils 256GB Solid State Drive

Toshiba Corp. and Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. announced today the addition of an industry-leading 256GB SSD to its NAND-flash-based solid state drive lineup, along with the launch of mall-sized Flash Modules for netbook computers, ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs) and other mobile and peripheral computer electronics. The company also announced that, for the moment, only samples of the new 256GB SSD and the Flash Modules are available, and that it plans to start mass producing the new devices in the fourth quarter of the year.

Toshiba's new 2.5-inch form factor drive is a high density SSD that offers the assets of an advanced Multi-level Cell (MLC) controller which allows it to achieve higher read and write speeds, as well as parallel data transfers. Featuring wear leveling, the new drive offers optimized performance, as well as extraordinary reliability and endurance. The launch of small Flash Modules, which support 8GB, 16GB and 32GB densities, shows the company's commitment to support the growing market for small, netbook computers, UMPCs and other personal equipment.

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