We’ve previously mentioned Samsung’s plans to
release a hybrid flash/magnetic hard drive
as well as their intention to release laptops boasting
flash memory hard drives. Now we can shed a little more light on what flash memory might be doing in the computer.
announced a 4GB flash memory drive
in conventional 2.5″ and 1.8″ sizes for PCs; it’ll sell for under $200. Since 4GB is a little small to be used for storing all your data (you can’t even install an operating system in 4GB nowadays), the devices will be utilized by a Windows Vista feature called “Ready Boost,” which will essentially cache frequently read data on the flash drive, so the hard drive doesn’t have to constantly spin up. Think of it as a middle ground between your RAM and your hard drive. A cool idea, and one that I’m looking forward to. Too bad it’s only in Windows at the moment.