Solid-state disks coming on strong
If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re in any doubt that flash memory-based solid-state disks are on a course to quickly replace hard-disk drives in laptop computers, just take a look along the aisles of this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Computex trade show.
Solid-state disks and machines containing them are plentiful at the show, which brings together the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most important PC manufacturers and component makers with buyers from around the world, and is a good gauge of the direction of the industry.
That solid-state disks are replacing hard-disk drives shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t come as a total surprise: theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re lighter, quieter, use less power and are sturdier than hard drives. The transition is being accelerated by fast price drops in the flash market. For example, an 8G byte chip that cost $11.36 at the end of 2006 currently costs $8.47 on the spot market. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a drop of 25 percent in six months.
Full article: macworld.com