Our hats go off to Fujitsu this morning for giving two of their Tablet PCs flash drive makeovers. The 12.1-inch LifeBook B6210 and 8.9-inch P1610 will both have the option of coming with either a 16GB or 32GB solid state drive. Because flash drives have no moving parts, they'll help speed up performance and save battery life, although the drives will add a $700 (16GB) and $1,200 (32GB) premium to the tablets' prices.
Flash (or another solid state equivalent) has been inevitable in laptops for years now. It's just a matter of getting sizes up and prices down. Eventually we'll see it take over in desktops and then more widely spread in servers; at the moment SSD's for servers are built for specialized truly high performance applications only and cost nauseating amounts of money.
Hard drives are a nasty holdover that we're stuck with still because they are the cheapest way to get decent quantitites of storage, but they're nasty, slow mechanical devices that suck lots of power and they just have got to go.
So far SSD prices are scary, but they'll come down. 32 gigs may not be enough for everybody but it sure will be quite enough for a Windows installation, Office and some other odds and ends that is enough for many business users.