The RC100 will be another attempt to make advanced storage technology break into the mass market
We are sticking to the fact that one of the 2018 threads will be NVME-compatible drives that cost just like drives SSD (Or AHCI), which will boost the industry's standard performance and provide more and more consumers with a good reason to upgrade their mechanical storage. This may be a pretentious aspiration for one year, when today a large part of the NVMe drives carry double price tags from SATA drives at the same volume storage - But fortunately it seems that there are a lot of actresses who are interested in promoting the field and bringing us closer to such a future - and Toshiba is one of them.
The Japanese manufacturer now announces the family of RC100 drives for private consumers, based on a single chip enclosure that includes both the controller and the notebook memory.NAND 3D architecture with a modern BiCS 3 architecture with 64 layer structure and TLC configuration to store three bits of information per cell.
The drives will be offered in an ultra-compact 2 M.42 configuration (compared with 80 millimeters in most common M.2 drives), which is designed to ensure that they will fit almost any computer with an M.2 slot, however small.
They will be available in 120 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB volumes, with support for HMB (Host Memory Buffer) technology, which allocates several tens of megabytes of memory God-RAM Using a system as a cache for the storage drive, it will allow them to reach a pretty handsome performance level with continuous transfer speeds of up to 1.62 GB per second, alongside random performance of up to 160,000IOPS in read and up to 120,000IOPS in writing - more than any SATA drive, Despite relinquishing the built-in dynamic cache and relying on the PCI-Express3.0x2 artery only which is half the maximum potential of M.2.
We have not yet received official prices for the RC100 drives, but Toshiba promises that they will be especially competitive and affordable - so feel free to define for yourself what is the price threshold that can convince you and jump on the bargain, and what price will bury this family before it lands on the shelves.