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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Where's the Hard Disk? Next Generation Laptop Uses Only Flash Memory

This is something I've been waiting for for a while now:
Fujitsu is tip-toeing into new territory. On Oct. 11, Japan's second-largest computer maker announced that it would make a laptop that relies only on NAND flash memory, the chip-of-choice when it comes to storing data on portable music players, cameras and cell phones. Fujitsu plans to sell the laptop to businesses in Japan in limited numbers; the machines will be built-to-order and prices will start as low as $1,700 for up to 32 gigabytes of memory.
NAND flash memory can store data even when switched off and will allow users to turn on their computers in an instant instead of waiting several minutes. Of course, they cost a lot more, but prices are expected to fall 56% over the next year. The relatively small amount of memory isn't too much of a stumbling block since external storage is cheap. The main thing is to reduce the computer's boot up time, and this laptop would be blazing fast in that area.

Apparently, other companies like Sony and Samsung have already launched devices that rely entirely on flash memory. Of course, this laptop like many other cutting edge gadgets will never see American shores.

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