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Essential Guide to Computer Data Storage: From Floppy to DVD, The by Andrei Khurshudov

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Summary

The main trends observed by comparing solid-state technology and magnetic or optical storage technologies are about the same:

  • Miniaturization and increasing storage density

  • Continuous price erosion

  • Expansion into the new and nontraditional markets

Solid-state technology is, for example, attempting to capture some market share from the magnetic storage devices by entering the HDD market with solid-state drives. At the same time, HDD technology has started competing with Flash technology in the field of hand-held devices with products like IBM Microdrive. It seems at the moment that the cost of storage will determine the future outcome of this battle.

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