Is 13GB of Memory Card Storage for my Treo enough?
I really couldn’t complain that I didn’t have enough storage on my Treo before – 5GB had done the trick for a little while – but a couple of months ago I just ‘had’ to add two more 1GB cards quickly followed by another shopping spree a few weeks ago where I said “What the hell…” and added three SanDisk Ultra II 2GB cards. All of this brought my grand storage total to 13GB spread across nine SD cards (below).
It might be a little bit shocking to think that the combined nine cards weigh a mere 19gm/0.67oz but actually cost nearly as much (roughly $1,300) as my laptop (my accountant will not be impressed).
However, seen under a different light, one could be equally amazed that I’m carrying my (178gm/6.3oz) Treo “mini-computer” with 13GB worth of data in my pocket and that the combined weight is under 1/10th that of my laptop (all except my accountant will definitely be impressed).
Even more importantly, you might be wondering what I’m using all of these cards for. Well, I’ve allocated the first of Sandisk’s 2GB Ultra II cards for general music, 2GB for classical music, 2GB for movies and 2GB as my main Treo card where I transfer all applications with PowerRun and keep my business files. I haven’t yet completly figured out what I’m going to do with the remaining 5GB worth of my old 1GB cards but if the past is any indication they will soon be full of stuff as well…
Naturally, now that I have all these 2GB cards I can’t wait for the next upgrade to the 4GB ones which should be just around the corner – I expect SanDisk and others to begin commercial shipments towards the end of Q4. Having said this, today’s big tech news was Samsung’s announcement that its latest NAND memory device has 16–gigabit density (equivalent to 2GB of storage) and the expectation is that the company will be able to put 8 to 16 of these small NAND chips together to create a 16GB to 32GB flash memory towards the end of 2006.
Yahoo News reports that “the development means more mobile devices can use flash memory rather than hard drives, which can fail if dropped suddenly or produce skips in music if used in high-motion activities such as running. Flash memory also is lighter and more energy-efficient.” Samsung is so convinced that flash memory is ‘it’ that the head of its chip division stated that “in the near future, Flash memory will completely replace all portable storage devices - film, tapes, hard disk drives [in laptops] and CDs”.
Additionally, it is anticipated that because Apple has chosen to use Samsung’s flash memory in its new iPod Nano players the price for these chips will continue to drop in price at an increasing rate – which might allow me to afford 64GB of flash memory (4x16GB cards) sometime late next year
I guess that now there will no longer be any doubt about what the memory in our future Treo 700 & 800 will be…
Flash memory closing in on hard drives? [News.com]
Samsung Unveils New Flash Memory Chip [Yahoo! News]
Samsung to ship 16Gb Flash chip next year [Channel Register]
Samsung speeds new flash chip to market [Reuters]
Apple's iPod costs likely went up--in a flash [News.com]
Finally, 5GB on my Treo (Sort of…) [Treonauts]
Treonauts can access their memories in a flash…