Flash technology to change the way computers work

Flash memory is changing the way we interact with technology, one piece at a time. Flash storage, otherwise known as solid state, is a read-only memory present in everything from mobile phones to MP3 players and digital cameras.

In a few blogs' time, we will discuss Intel's Hobson technology, which is bringing flash memory to personal computers by integrating it on motherboards in a bid to cut down the start up time.

Semiconductor manufacturer Samsung has announced the first mass produced hard disk drive based on flash technology. The 32GB model they produced fit in a 1.8-inch form factor.

But that's not all: while flash memory hard disk drives cannot compete with traditional hard disks on grounds of capacity, they are much faster than their mechanical-based counterparts, and they consume far less power - typically a twentieth.They are also much lighter; Samsung's drive is only 15g. As it does not contain any mechanical parts, it is also less prone to failures, therefore minimising the total cost of ownership.

Samsung has already started producing laptops with SSD-based hard disks. While prices would be relatively high initially, they are bound to decrease as demand picks up.