Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Flash Memory

Isn't it amazing how much storage can fit onto a USB drive or flash memory card nowadays. I was very intrigued when these USB drives, and later SD cards, first started appearing on the market. It wasn't that long ago when the maximum storage capacity of internal hard drives, were 40 megabytes. They were the physical size of small books. Now, on micro SD cards smaller than your thumbnail, you can fit 16 gigabytes!!

Scientists were innovative enough to improve consumer computer storage capacity of cards, a thousand times over, in a few short years.

Flash memory is no doubt a great invention. But I wonder: Didn't flash memory technology exist even before the popularity of portable drives and cards? The CMOS chip in every computer is a flash memory chip, and they have been around for decades.

Maybe it took one person to think, "Duh, why don't we take these chips out of computers and use them as a portable storage drives?!"

However they came about, I love cheap, massive storage on an itty-bitty card!

1 comment:

  1. I should have said BIOS instead of CMOS. Oops.