Toshiba Launches Mainstream RC100 NVMe SSD Series

by MAC     |     January 9, 2018

Toshiba has just announced the RC100 Series, a new line of NVMe M.2 solid state aimed at value-oriented consumers and system integrators. Not only will these new SSDs have small a price tag, but they are extremely small in size.

The RC100 Series combines Toshiba's cutting-edge 64-layer TLC BiCS 3D NAND with an in-house developed SSD controller in a small single package. This cost-effective design helps reduce manufacturing cost and should theoretically lead to a NVMe storage solution that is more budget-friendly than current options. Regrettably, we have no information with regard to pricing at this time.

By combining the NAND and controller into a single package, Toshiba have been able to fit these components onto a tiny M.2 2242 form factor PCB. To put that into perspective, while this SSD measures 22x42mm your average M.2 SSD is based on the 2280 form factor that is clocks in at 22x80mm. This will make the RC100 Series an interesting choice for a wide range of applications, ranging from gaming desktops, to mini-PCs like the Intel NUC, or even laptops.

While pure high-end performance was not the design goal - the lack of onboard DRAM makes that clear - the use on an integrated Host Memory Buffer (HMB) allows for sequential transfer rates of up to 1,620MB/s read and 1,130MB/s write. Maximum random IOPS are listed at up to 160,000 read and 120,000 write, which is significantly higher than Toshiba's latest OCZ TR200 SATA solid state drives.

The Toshiba RC100 Series will be available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities, and will be backed by a 3-year warranty. No word yet on when these SSDs will be available in the retail channel.

Our CES coverage of this new Toshiba SSD can be found below:


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