Because they use less power, generate less heat and have faster access times than hard drives, Flash-based solid state drives (SSDs) are poised to become more popular. If they can hurdle the price disadvantage, that is.
Price, notwithstanding, solid state Flash drives are marching in. Weâ€™re set to see more of them very soon.
SanDisk and Toshiba now have the manufacturing capabilities in place to produce 120GB to 160GB SSDs later this year. Their 32-Gigabit die combined with multilevel cell (MLC) technology will make this possible. Add to that the so-called X3 technology which allows 3bits/cell instead of the usual 2bits/cell in manufacturing Flash memory and we got it nailed. Pretty soon weâ€™ll have SSDs that rival those hard disk drives in capacity.
MicroSD cards â€“ those used in mobile phones â€“ will also benefit; the new technology will double the capacity of todayâ€™s 8GB MicroSD to 16GB.