Kingston Technology Inc. is planning to bring their flash-based hard drive to the market by early 2008, following the lead of SanDisk whose solid state drive is already being adopted by notebook PC makers.
The solid state drive market is currently populated by just a handful of manufacturers â€“ SanDisk, Intel, Samsung, Dell and Hitachi â€“ and is expected to grow rapidly because of the inherent advantages offered by SSDs or flash hard drives.
These drives would add about $600 more to the cost of a laptop, but are less prone to breaking down because there are no moving parts. It is also more energy-efficient.
Kingston also declared that the DDR3 â€œwaveâ€ is coming. The company currently holds a leading position in DDR3 (double data rate, third generation), a synchronous DRAM technology that boosts speed from 12.8GBps to 20GBps, while dropping the operating voltage from 1.8v to 1.5v saving power and generating a lot less heat.