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Death buzzing drives around the corner

September 16 2005

Samsung has just released a solid-state module for NAND Flash memory capacity of 16 GB. In its manufacturing technology has been used 50 nm. Before this record-setting amount of cards reached 4 GB, and announced the SD card capacity of 8 GB has not yet seen the light. "The volume of NAND flash memory doubles every 12 months - said Mr. Gwang. This means that in the near future chips, which have so far that the amount of 16 MB, perekochuyut with PDAs to mobile and then desktop computers that ultimately dooms hard drive to extinction. According to TechWorld, as early as 2006 or 2007, Samsung plans to launch mass production of non-volatile memory cards for laptops with 32 GB to 16 GB-based chips - its serial production will be expanded in the second half of 2006. Go 50-nm process means that one bit will occupy only 0.00625 square microns, which is 25% less than using a 60 nm process. A year later, if the trend of the annual doubling of solid-state memory continues, there will be 32 GB of NAND memory chips suitable for a 64 GB memory cards. In 2007, the last to reach 128 GB. Taking this line, NAND memory will begin to displace hard drives in desktop PCs. Nevertheless, the outcome of the battle so far difficult to predict. Despite the fact that solid-state memory mechanical resistance that can bring a hard disk failure, it has its drawbacks. It is not eternal - a modern solid-state memory is designed for a finite number of cycles of read / write. An important factor will be the power consumption of chips and, of course, their cost. However, over hard drive is already the dark clouds, reports

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