Samsung Electronics is shipping a 32GB Nand flash-based solid state disk, marking the first time that Nand flash has moved into mobile computing applications.
The 32GB disk, which serves the same purpose as a hard drive, is a data storage medium for notebooks and other mobile computers.
It uses instantly-accessible, non-moving Nand flash memory instead of the rotating discs found in hard drives, and can upload and download data quickly and quietly with minimal power consumption.
The Korean electronics giant said that the Flash-SSD weighs only half as much as a comparably-sized hard drive, but reads data three times faster and writes data 1.5 times faster.
The device uses five per cent of the electricity needed to power a hard drive and is noiseless as its design is free of any motor or other mechanical parts.
Samsung predicted that the overall global solid state disk market will surge from $540m in 2006 to $4.5bn by 2010.
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