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More Uses for Flash Memory in the New Year

Boot Camp feature for Thursday, January 3, 2008

More uses for flash memory in the new year. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Flash memory is the kind used in digital cameras, many music and video players and in the little USB drives you can use to store documents of all kinds. At memory maker Kingston….VP Mike Sager….says one of the fastest growing markets for flash today…is in micro SD cards for mobile phones…

"Probably six months ago, the highest capacity you could get was 2 gigabytes. And they introduced a different spec that they call the micro SD HC, HC means high capacity, which allows you to go beyond the two gigabytes. And so currently Kingston has a four gigabyte and we'll be introducing an 8 gigabyte in mid Q2."

You'll see more and more phones and other devices able to use those high capacity cards. And later in the year…

"Kingston probably will have 16 gigabytes by Q3. And I would expect eventually they will be able to come up with a design for 32 gigabytes. But I think that's probably a year out."

And that's in a memory card about the size of the nail on your pinky. Another trend for this year…more computers offering solid state drives that use flash memory …instead of hard drives for storage. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.