As DailyTech reported earlier this week, companies like Samsung are just now
bringing hybrid drives to the market which incorporate traditional spinning
discs with 128MB or 256MB of NAND flash memory. However, hybrid hard drive are
just a stop-gate measure and many manufacturers (and consumers alike) are
looking forward to completely solid-state drives (SSDs) like those from Adtron, SanDisk and Ritek.
SSDs are completely silent, offer greatly increased power
efficiency over traditional hard disk drives (HDDs), low response times and in
the case of Adtron's latest SSD offerings, quite respectable read/write speeds.
According to Shaw Wu, an analyst for American Technology
is looking to introduce subnotebooks next year that will use SSDs. Wu, who
had an inside line on Apple's iPhone announcement notes that "The time is
right for the flash makers to make a move. Apple, from what we understand, is
pretty much ready. The ball is in the flash vendors' court."
Apple has quite a bit of experience when it comes to
flash-based storage. Its iPod
Nano and iPod Shuffle both use NAND memory in capacities up to 8GB. Apple's
iPhone also uses NAND memory in capacities of 4GB and 8GB.
Apple subnotebooks, however, would likely require at least
64GB of storage to remain competitive both in terms of storage space and price
subnotebooks. Currently 32GB SSDs command roughly a $600 price premium.
Given the steady decline in pricing for NAND memory, the premium could be $600
for a 64GB by the time the Apple subnotebooks hit the market.
quote: Sorry but I take "better" hardware over a laudably better OS.