These three items come together in my head.
Saw this today:
Samsung Electronics said Tuesday that it will launch two mobile computers in early June that will do away with hard drives altogether, replacing them with 32 gigabytes of NAND flash memory. … Unfortunately for U.S. consumers, both will be sold in Korea only.
While previously I saw this go by:
Owners of Apple Computer’s new MacBook consumer notebooks will find that upgrading or replacing the computer’s hard disk is as simple as adding more memory.
Together those reminded me of this…
…prompted South Korea’s Samsung to offer Apple a deep discount and be willing to dedicate 40% of its flash-memory manufacturing capacity to seal the deal.
Even though I recall the details of that last item being very murky, I think it’s pretty clear we can expect the first US release of a hard driveless portable to be from Apple. August MacWorld?
Flash based secondary storage creates some interesting options in physicality, power, programing, database, and OS design; it will be interesting to see how that shakes out. Can anybody think of some new applications it enables?