Flash Memory: Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going

Posted on 06/07/2011 by

Jim Elliott

Did you know that this year, tablets and smartphones will out-ship PCs for the first time in history? Now more than ever, we want to access our content on the smallest, most portable device possible, meaning that there is a huge demand for components, like flash memory, to become thinner and lighter to enable these mobile devices.

I had the opportunity to speak about this paradigm shift last weekend on NBC’s Press:Here program with Scott McGrew. We spoke about how the growth of cloud storage will enable consumers to access even more information from their mobile devices, a trend that represents a “great opportunity for a company like [Samsung]” according to the BBC’s Maggie Shiels, who joined us on the show.  Not only will Samsung’s flash memory technology enable smaller, lighter devices for mobile computing, but we’re also making storage in data center servers more efficient as information moves to the cloud. By using solid state drives in the server application, data center managers will see 100 times better performance over hard drives and will use less than half the power since SSDs do not require energy to cool them as do hard drives.  

Scott made another great point during our discussion about the instant-on capabilities of flash technology. You can say goodbye to the days of grabbing a cup of coffee while you wait for your laptop to boot up. Flash memory gives users that “instant-on” access, so as we become accustomed to the quick startup time of our tablets and smartphones, we’ll begin to expect that from our other devices – and solid state drives will enable that. 

In case you missed the show, I encourage you to check it out and let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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