Apple to soon release notebook with flash memory ?

March 8, 2007 at 09:31 3 comments

Rumour goes that Apple is thinking of introducing a new laptop this year that will save Apple Notebookdata on flash memory chips instead of a hard drive, American Technology Research said.

Apple would like to introduce the product in the second half to further capitalize on its strong MacBook growth.

The release date of Apple’s lighter and smaller notebook personal computer may depend on how much prices of NAND flash memory chips decline as they are still seven-to-eight times more expensive than hard-disk drives.

Semiconductors are smaller than hard drives, allowing electronics makers to design slimmer products. They also process data faster and consume less energy. In 2005, Cupertino, California-based Apple used NAND flash chips to make the iPod Nano, reducing the size of the company’s flagship music player by 80 percent.

Furthermore, the trend is definitely sat, as Apple is to drop the hard disks from it’s iPod devices.

Update: Apple to use mini-OS X for FeatherBook “subnotebook”.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Chola  |  March 8, 2007 at 12:14

    How long ist the lifetime of such devices? I mean flash memory…

    @ Chola: Since Flash RAM doesn’t contain any moving parts, the lifespan will definitely extend way beyond the lifetime of standard hard disks.

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  • 2. JAJA  |  March 8, 2007 at 13:20

    Yes, for sure will extend. The estimated cycle of write is 1.000.000 in Flash Memories.
    One year, maybe two with normal use before some parts of the memory gets corrupted.

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  • 3. Will  |  March 8, 2007 at 18:15

    Unless they have made modification to the technology, there is a limited life span based on the number of writes – reads are indefinite.
    If I remember right, you can expect about 2 years heavy use out of these

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