March 12th, 2006, 08:55 PM
Flash storage notebooks?
That's already enough capacity for me!
The drive packs 32GB of flash memory into a case the same size as a 1.8-inch hard drive. That capacity is double the 16GB of a prototype device announced by Samsung last year and was made possible by the continuing miniaturization of flash-memory chip technology.
The SSD technology has three major benefits over hard disks, said Yun. The first is that data access is faster. This could be seen when the SSD-based laptop was booted up alongside the same-model machine with a hard disk. The desktop appeared on the screen of the SSD laptop in about 18 seconds while the hard-drive-based computer took about 31 seconds to reach the same point.
Sounds great, until you get to the cost. $960 for the drive at this point. Perhaps as time goes on and flash memory gets cheaper, we might see such products in the future. I would be interested, that's for sure.