Flash-based disks heading for laptops

Users may soon see flash-based disks in laptops and other mobile computers after Samsung announced that it has started offering a 32GB drive to customers.

The South Korean technology company showed off its solid-state disk (SSD), a flash-memory based replacement for hard-disk drives, at the Cebit IT trade show in Hanover, Germany, earlier this month. On Tuesday, the company said it was already offering the drive to customers. The company expects the market for SSD drives to reach US$4.5 billion by 2010 thanks to the growth of mobile computing, according to Chang-Gyu Hwang, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Samsung's semiconductor division, who was speaking at Samsung's third annual Mobile Solutions Forum in Taipei.
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