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The Switch to Flash and the Death of the Hard Drive?

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Hear that loud whirring sound from your laptop? That’s the fan working overtime to try and cool down your overheated machine. This massive heat dissipation is caused by many culprits, and the main one is your hard drive.

What’s on your hard drive? It’s a bunch of spinning disks, and it’s those that drain so much power. But several recent advances in Flash technology innovation mean that the spinning disks may soon turn into a relic of the past.

A few years, the introduction of the NAND flash memory looked like it would signify a revolution in computer storage, with a lot of memory packed into a small space. But there was one drawback: data transfer rates between devices were sluggishly slow.

Now, a partnership of Intel and Micron has come up with a potential cure for the bottleneck. Their joint venture recently released a new flash drive with data transfer rates up to 200 MBps (reading) and 100 MBps (writing). That’s about 5 times faster than traditional flash technology.

Source: InfoWorld.com