Toshiba to Make Solid-State PC Disks

Joins competitors in effort to create demand for flash memory
By Laila Weir,  Newser User
Posted Dec 10, 2007 3:05 PM CST
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...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.