Memory chip manufacturer, Toshiba, is to start manufacturing flash-based solid-state drives for notebooks, in order to diversify the market for flash memory chips.
Toshiba, which is the second largest manufacturer of NAND-type flash memory in the world, will produce solid-state drives in a range of capacities, from 32GB to 128GB. It will start mass producing the 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch drives in May.
Solid state drives are faster and quieter than conventional disk drives and also take less time to boot, but they haven’t been widely used in PCs because of their high price.
Toshiba’s will target the ultraportable notebook market with its solid state drives, but their development is expected to accelerate the adoption of flash storage technology in computers and other consumer electronic devices.
Samsung Electronics and SanDisk already make solid-state drives and Micron Technology is expanding into the market