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Cornice switching to flash memory

I missed this story a few weeks ago about miniature hard disk maker Cornice allegedly losing investor interest, but it’s not surprising. The iPod nano replacing the mini was the milestone in the demise of the 1″ and smaller hard drive for portable products and of course flash price-performance improves constantly.

Seagate and other manufacturers put on a brave face about hard drives continuing to reign where maximum capacity or best price-performance is key, but in a few years the SSD is going to be as strong a competitor in the laptop market as flash is now in the digital audio player and — more significantly — cell phone market.

Today I need a relatively large hard drive to store my digital music collection, but flash price-performance is growing faster than my music collection is.