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Notebooks to get Flash by 2009

Flash data storage in notebooks will soar in the next two years, according to research firm iSuppli.

Flash data storage in notebooks will soar in the next two years, according to research firm iSuppli.

By the fourth quarter of 2009, 60% of the total notebooks sold, 24 million units, will have flash data storage, compared to less than 150,000 notebooks in the first quarter of this year, the firm said.

While flash memory uses less power, generates less heat and is more resistant to shock than conventional hard disk drives (HDDs) - all appealing factors for notebook usage - it is also much more expensive, limiting its deployment.

However, iSuppli said that flash memory price will fall in the next two years, driven down by greater competition and higher production levels.

While 1Gbyte of flash memory was nearly 100 times more expensive than an equivalent amount of hard-disk drive storage four years ago, according to iSuppli the price gap will be less than 14 times as expensive by 2009, making the technology more appealing to manufacturers and consumers.

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