The new must-have gadget: Flash laptops


The entire world is now slowly shifting to Flash-based storage in mobile devices. The latest trend is to get rid of harddisks in your laptop – and you will have longer battery life, faster shutdown/reboot, better shock-resistance. Not to mention that flash memory takes less space than a harddisk.

Fujitsu follows this trend with their NAND-convertible Lifebook laptops:

Fujitsu is estimating that it will receive roughly 20,000 orders for its new NAND-convertible Lifebook laptops through March. If 20 percent of those orders specify a flash drive, as Yamamoto predicts, that figure will amount to 4,000 computers with flash.

Replacing the standard hard disk drive on Fujitsu’s new laptops with a flash drive would make the laptops lighter and more shock-resistant, extend battery life by 30 minutes and cut in half the time required to start up Windows. But replacing a 20GB hard drive with a 16GB worth of flash memory would cost an extra $670 (80,000 yen). That figure would be $1,335 to switch to a 32GB flash drive.

“The price is high, but we judged there is adequate demand from companies for NAND PCs, which greatly reduce the risk of losing data,” Yamamoto said. “It may be a slow start, but we want to be ready when laptops will be as handy as mobile phones.”

[source: CNet]

Comments (15)

  1. Stefan Ciobaca says:

    Why does Windows start up faster when installed on a flash drive?

  2. Castor Fu says:

    Does that mean my IBM Workpad Z50 is back in style?

    On the todo list is getting wifi drivers back onto it, especially

    with Google Wifi all over where I live…

  3. Adi Oltean says:

    >>> Why does Windows start up faster when installed on a flash drive?

    Hi Stefan,

    I addressed this question in an earlier post: http://blogs.msdn.com/adioltean/archive/2006/07/05/656755.aspx

  4. Stefan Ciobaca says:

    My point was that the IO operations done at booting time are hardly random. You can optimize them.