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Flash memory Matthew Gorman, David Martinsek, Jeremy Nuzzo, Andrew Werner ECE 317, Fall 2009 Compared to conventional hard drives, flash memory has emerged as a cutting edge field and may one day supplant traditional storage. Key advantages to this technology lie in its low power consumption, rapid random access capability as well as its condensed size and portability. Perhaps the principal drawback to flash memory falls under higher unit costs, which have stood at as much as 131 times that of hard drives for the same capacity; however, flash’s growth rate may make it a relative value within a decade. Other disadvantages of this technology are slower read-write speed and a belief that long-term storage is unreliable, although the real number of cycles before failure may contradict this perception. With the increase in demand for high storage, low power consumption devices such as mp3 players and netbooks skyrocketing, flash memory is becoming very important to the electronics industry. Toshiba’s Fujio Masuoka developed flash memory so that memory could be retained even when the power to a
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2012 for the course ECE 317 taught by Professor Peck,t during the Spring '08 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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