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Toshiba to launch 128GB Solid State Drive

Toshiba (opens in new tab), which is the second largest maker of flash memory, has announced that it would be manufacturing solid state drives with a capacity of up to 128GB.

The move comes as the world braces for even more and larger solid state drives, leaving magnetic, spindle based hard drives to occupy the entry level or very high capacity range.

The Japanese chip maker which also manufactures traditional hard disk drives, is the latest component manufacturer to join the SSD bandwagon.

Micron, Samsung and SanDisk have already joined in with many more to follow soon.

The urge for solid state storage has been driven by the fact that SSDs consume less energy, are almost immune to shakes and shocks, are near silent and boosts remarkable boot time.

Several multi-million unit laptop projects like Asus' EEE and the MIT's XO/OLPC laptop will use SSD rather than normal hard drives to provide with primary storage.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.