Samsung showed off a laptop at this
year's CeBIT that uses 32GB of flash memory for storage. Recent drops
in flash memory prices along with smaller-sized memory chips allows
the prototype drive to occupy the same space as traditional 1.8"
disk-based drives. This makes upgrades a snap for existing laptops.
Solid-States Disks (SSDs) allow for
faster data access than current hard drive technology. The prototype
laptop that Samsung showed off was able to boot (the operating system
was not mentioned) in 18 seconds versus 31 seconds for the laptop
with a regular hard disk drive.
Other benefits included durability to
no moving parts and the fact that it is completely silent.
But for all the benefits, there still
remains one big downside: cost. While flash memory prices have seen a
steady decline, a 32GB SSD as seen in the prototype Samsung laptop
would cost about $960 for the memory alone.