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Samsung shows off flash-based laptop

Samsung shows off flash-based laptop

The Samsung prototype machine, 32GB flash included.

Samsung has been showing off its prototype laptop with a 32GB flash drive at CeBit.

Using roughly $900 worth of solid state memory, Samsung thinks that you can install your operating system and applications on the virtual hard drive and get lightning fast performance. Flash memory, which has no moving parts, is far faster for access than actual hard drives.

Intel is touting a similar concept with its Robson technology, which aims to speed up booting by using flash memory. However, Intel's version only uses a small amount of flash to store crucial elements of apps and games, rather than using massive amounts to store entire programmes.

The other added advantage of flash memory is that it is far more durable (due to being solid state), so there's less chance of your laptop suffering data corruption after being knocked around in your bag.

Samsung started talking about this product back last year, when flash memory prices were $55 a GB. Now, flash is merely at $30 a GB - by the beginning of next year, we could see this technology come in at a really affordable price.

We've already talked about Intel's 'special flash sauce' for gamers - could this be the start of a major move towards solid state storage? Let us know your thoughts over in the forums.