MacWorld is reporting that Samsung hopes that falling prices for flash-memory chips will mean solid-state memory can eventually replace hard-disk drives in Apple PowerBooks and iBooks as well as other devices.
The benefits? - silent; less power; no moving parts, reliable and faster.
Samsung announced a prototype 16GB drive based on flash chips. Flash memory has several advantages over hard-disk drive storage: it consumes less power, it has higher resistance to shock, it's more reliable because there are no moving parts, it can read and write data faster, and it's silent in operation. The downside right now is that it's much more expensive.
Can you imagine your laptop just running on instant flash memory. Sounds promising.