Flash-based PowerBooks?

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Date: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005, 16:01
Category: PowerBook

Barring the obvious pricing issues, wouldn’t it be cool if Apple did away with hard drives in the upcoming Intel PowerBook in favor of flash memory? It would allow them to further minimize the footprint (possibly fulfilling my dream of a PowerBook nano) and even offer the first instant-on machines.
The Motley Fool has a story on Apple’s aggressive sourcing of flash memory and the potential for a new instant-on or near instant-on machine. The article also discusses Intel’s “Robson” technology that integrates NAND flash into computers. Although flash memory chips aren’t likely to replace the HDD any time soon, adding it promises to provide longer battery life.
The other barrier to replacing hard drives with flash is price. Flash memory is much more expensive that hard drive mechanisms, but then again Apple recently prepaid $1.25B to secure flash chips through 2010, which probably got them a substantial discount. Maybe they have all that flash memory allocated to something other than iPods?


Barring the obvious pricing issues, wouldn’t it be cool if Apple did away with hard drives in the upcoming Intel PowerBook in favor of flash memory? It would allow them to further minimize the footprint (possibly fulfilling my dream of a PowerBook nano) and even offer the first instant-on machines.
The Motley Fool has a story on Apple’s aggressive sourcing of flash memory and the potential for a new instant-on or near instant-on machine. The article also discusses Intel’s “Robson” technology that integrates NAND flash into computers. Although flash memory chips aren’t likely to replace the HDD any time soon, adding it promises to provide longer battery life.
The other barrier to replacing hard drives with flash is price. Flash memory is much more expensive that hard drive mechanisms, but then again Apple recently prepaid $1.25B to secure flash chips through 2010, which probably got them a substantial discount. Maybe they have all that flash memory allocated to something other than iPods?

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