Compact solid state drives unveiled at CES 2018

8th January 2018
Alice Matthews

At CES 2018, Toshiba Memory Europe announced the launch of the RC100 series - a new line of NVMe (NVM Express) M.2 solid state drives (SSDs) for the retail, e-tail, system integrator, and channel markets. The new RC100 series features a powerful yet cost-effective design, making NVMe storage accessible to everyone.

Starting with Toshiba Memory's own 64-layer, 3-bit-per-cell TLC (triple-level cell) BiCS FLASH and in-house developed SSD controller in a single package, the RC100 was built to offer consumers a viable alternative to pricier high-end NVMe SSDs. In addition to affordability, RC100 SSDs are designed for efficiency, delivering a power-optimised storage solution particularly sought after by mobile users looking to increase battery life.

The company claims that the RC100 series offers excellent performance that bridges the gap between SATA 6Gbit/s and enthusiast-grade NVMe SSDs, ensuring it sits in the ‘sweet spot’ for value-oriented users looking to upgrade to the industry’s latest interface and reduce cable clutter. The RC100 also integrates Host Memory Buffer (HMB) technology to deliver up to 1,620MB/s and 1,130MB/s in sequential read/write transfer rates and up to 160,000 and 120,000 random read/write IOPS, all without requiring on-board DRAM.

Suitable for the entire spectrum of mainstream computing - from gaming desktops and notebooks to mini-PCs (NUCs) and everything in between - RC100 modules are offered in a compact M.2 2242 (22x42mm) form factor and available in 120, 240, and 480GB capacities. Each RC100 SSD is backed by a three year warranty to ensure peace of mind.

Toshiba Memory America will be showcasing the RC100 at its private suites at the Westgate Las Vegas from 9th to 11th January, and will participate in Pepcom’s Digital Experience at CES from 7:00-10:00pm on 8th January.

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