James Stoup has written an interesting piece speculating that Flash will be the new storage medium for laptops. He bases his speculation on the recent Samsung announcement that 16GB flash drives that can be combined to form one larger 32GB drive.
James then notes that many current iBooks ship with 40gb hard drives so a 32gb capacity would be close enough to that to not matter to many people. Also, flash memory has advantages over hard disks – it can be read from and written to faster than hard disks, it consumes far less power than hard disks and is much smaller – allowing for smaller laptops with longer battery life.
However, these flash drives won’t be available until next year and does anyone really think that 32gb will be enough capacity for a laptop in 2006?
To be fair to James – I do think he is correct overall – i.e. I do believe that flash memory will replace hard drives in laptops but I think it is a couple of years out yet.