CES 2018: Toshiba Announces RC100 NVMe and XS700 Portable SSDs

Subject: Storage, Shows and Expos | January 8, 2018 - 03:04 PM |
Tagged: XS700, toshiba, ssd, RC100, portable, ocz, NVMe, CES 2018, CES

Toshiba announced a couple of new additions to their SSD lineup. First up is the RC100:

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This is a DRAMless design intended to target budget builds - something much needed in the current (pricey) SSD landscape. Just because there is no DRAM present in the design does not mean that the RC100 can't perform well. Toshiba has implemented the Host memory Buffer (HMB) feature, which allows the NVMe driver to share a small (38MB) portion of host memory via the same PCIe 3.0 x2 link used to transfer user data. This memory portion effectively caches a portion of the FTL, which should bring the random performance of smaller sections of the SSD up to what you would expect to see from a higher performance product. Specs are as follows:

  • Capacities: 120/240/480GB
  • PCIe 3.0 x2
  • Random read/write: 160/120k IOPS
  • Sequential read/write: 1620/1130 MB/s
  • Warranty: 3 years

Up next is the XS700, Toshiba's first portable SSD:

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Specs:

  • 240GB only
  • USB 3.1 Gen2 (type-c connector on device)
  • Ships with type-c to type-a cable

The XS700 is the first portable SSD I've seen out of Toshiba. It was just a matter of time here as just about every other major SSD maker has offered a similar product.

We don't have pricing yet, but these should shape up to be highly price-competitive products offering decent performance. Both models will be coming later this year.

Press blast after the break.

Toshiba Unveils Mainstream RC100 NVMe SSD Series at CES 2018
New M.2 NVMe SSDs Value-Optimized for Mainstream Gamers, DIY System Builders
LAS VEGAS, January 8, 2017 – Today at International CES 2018, Toshiba Memory America,
Inc. (TMA), the U.S.-based subsidiary of Toshiba Memory Corporation, announced the RC100
 
Series, a new line of NVMeTM (NVM ExpressTM)1 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 Corporation’s own state-of-the-art 64-layer, 3-bit-per-cell TLC
(triple-level cell) BiCS FLASHTM 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-optimized storage solution particularly sought after by mobile users looking to increase battery life. The RC100 Series offers excellent performance that bridges the gap between SATA 6 gigabits per second and enthusiast-grade NVMe SSDs, ensuring it sits in the ‘sweet spot’ for value-oriented users looking to upgrade to the industry’s latest interface2 and reduce cable clutter.
 
The RC100 also integrates Host Memory Buffer (HMB) technology to deliver up to 1,620
megabytes per second and 1,130MB/s in sequential read/write transfer rates and up to 160,000
and 120,000 random read/write IOPS3, all without requiring onboard DRAM.
 
“The market has never been more ready for NVMe to go mainstream, but it needs the right
product,” said Alex Mei, vice president marketing, consumer SSDs and storage outbound
marketing at TMA. “With the ultimate balance of value, size, power, and performance, the
RC100 SSD Series makes leveraging all the benefits of NVMe a reality for more users than ever before.”
 
Ideal 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 gigabyte, 240GB and 480GB capacities. Each RC100 SSD is backed by a 3-year warranty to ensure peace of mind.
 
TMA will showcase the RC100 at its private suites at the Westgate Las Vegas from January 9–
11, and will participate in Pepcom’s Digital Experience at CES from 7-10:30 p.m. on Monday,
January 8. For more information, please visit www.toshiba.com/tma and follow the company on Facebook and on Twitter: @Toshiba_Memory.

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