Toshiba, the world's no. 2 maker of NAND-type flash memory, will start building flash-based solid-state drives (SSDs) for notebooks to create new sources of demands for its flash memory chips.
Samsung Electronics, the world's biggest memory chip maker, and SanDisk (Toshiba's partner) already make SSDs. In fact, Micron Technology just last month said that it will enter the SSD market as well, with mass production starting next quarter.
Toshiba's solid-state drives will range in capacity from 32GB to 128GB and that it will mass produce the 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch drives in May.
Hopefully, the price for SSD will start to become mainstream with a much lower price tag, as more flash memory manufacturers jump onto the SSD bandwagon.
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.