CES 2018 – both Toshiba and Kingston have announced new solid-state drive (SSD) solutions for notebooks.
Toshiba RC100 NVMe SSD Series
The Toshiba RC100 is a new model in the company’s line of mainstream M.2 SSD solutions. An M.2 SSD is a very small storage drive that is typically used in modern notebook computers. The RC100 drive is designed for mainstream consumer applications.
The RC100 drives use NVMe technology for lightning-fast data transfer. The drives connect over the PCI Express-bus as opposed to the older Serial ATA bus. The drive uses 64-layer, 3 bit-per-cell TLC technology. In addition, the drive uses Toshiba’s in-house developed SSD controller. Thanks to Host Memory Buffer technology, Toshiba says the drive can do up to 1,620 megabytes per second read and 1,130 megabytes per second write. The input/output operations per second, or IOPS, are rated at 160,000 for random read and 120,000 for random write.
The RC100 drives will be offered in M.2 2242 (42mm) lengths and in capacities of 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB. Toshiba hasn’t announced pricing or availability. The drives will be backed by a three-year warranty, though.
Kingston UV500 SATA SSD
The UV500 series SSD is designed for mainstream use. It offers several of the latest technologies, including 3D NAND and 256-bit self-encryption. The drives are also TCG Opal 2.0 enabled for security, making them a viable choice for enterprise applications.
The UV500 is the successor to the UV400 that Kingston launched in May 2016. The UV500 is the company’s first SSD to feature 3D NAND and Marvell’s 88SS1074 controller.
The UV500 will be offered in multiple form factors, including M.2, mSATA, and traditional 2.5-inch. It’s likely we’ll see the M.2 form factor drives make it into the latest notebooks. Capacities haven’t been announced, but it will probably follow in the wake of the UV400. We’ll expect to see the UV500 offered in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities. The 240GB UV400 drive is currently going for $109 on Kingston’s website.
Kingston A1000 M.2 NVMe SSD
The A1000 is an entry-level SSD designed to provide high storage performance. Kingston has said almost nothing else about this drive other than its name. We’re not sure of its exact availability. Unlike the UV500, this SSD will probably only be offered as a PCI Express-bus drive. That’s the only way it can support the NVMe protocol, at any rate.
Be sure to take a look at our Notebook Hardware forum for active notebook storage discussion!