128Gb NAND Chips Promise SD Cards with Terabytes of Storage

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Cell phones have taken another step towards becoming full-fledged pocket computers with an announcement by Micron and Intel. Get ready to carry even more of your digital life on your phone.

The 128Gb NAND device, a world's first, is the result of a multi-year collaboration between the memory and chip manufacturers. It uses MLC technology and has to potential to store as much as 2 terabytes of data on a 2.5-inch SSD drive—128GB per chip—and perform as many as 33 megatransfers per second on an eight die form. It goes on sale in January and is expected to quickly outpace the 64Gb version that is already in production.

You'll find NAND flash memory in most SD card formats and SSD's as well as many USB drives as it offers superior densities and greater fault tolerances than NOR memory. So expect to see huge capacity gains in phones, cameras, thumb drives—just about anything with non-volatile memory. [Slashgear - ArsTechnica]

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Arggh! there goes a...snake a snake!

So I've been debating on getting an SSD drive but I'm still not sold. The prices still seem to be high and I've read they have some limited number of writes you can do to the sectors before they just stop working? Does anyone here know if there's any merit to that? Also, does anyone own one of the combo drives which has both and SSD and a mechanical HDD. That seems to be the best of both worlds.