The era of ubiquitous solid-state hard drives just got a little closer with Toshiba's announcement of its 16-gigabit (that's 2GB) flash memory chip, the highest-density flash memory yet. The company will start shipping the first samples by late March of this year.
Not only does this tiny flash chip pack more data per square millimeter, its 56nm process enables write performance that's twice as fast as Toshiba's current flash memory chips. Strap a few of these new chips together and the result would be some killer high-capacity storage. Now if the company can just bring the price down even more, we'll finally be saying bye-bye to those noisy, hot and power-hungry spinning hard drives once and for all.