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Penny-Sized Flash Module Holds 16GB 146

nerdyH writes "Intel describes its new 2GB to 16GB SSDs (solid state disks) as 'smaller than a penny, and weighing less than a drop of water.' The parts are '400 times smaller in volume than a 1.8-inch hard drive,' Intel boasts, 'and at 0.6 grams, 75 times lighter.' Sampling now, with mass production set for Q1 2008, the Z-P140 is described as an 'optional' part of Intel's Menlow chipset, built in turn as part of Intel's vision for Linux-based Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs)."
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Penny-Sized Flash Module Holds 16GB

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  • Re:Er, so what? (Score:3, Informative)

    by MBCook ( 132727 ) <> on Tuesday December 18, 2007 @11:40AM (#21739140) Homepage
    Read the story. This isn't to replace SD cards. This is a little chip to be built onto the motherboard of cell phones or iPods to hold the data, and for that it is much smaller than other offerings.
  • Truth in advertising (Score:4, Informative)

    by somepunk ( 720296 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2007 @12:38PM (#21739894) Homepage
    When I saw them comparing pennies for volume and water for weight, I knew there was some funny business afoot. A drop of water weight a damn lot less than a penny, so (even allowing a lot of room for variation in density) this flash thingie is likely a lot smaller than a penny, or a lot heavier than a drop of water, or they would have chosen some smaller familiar item to compare it with. That, combined with the fact that a "drop of water" is not exactly a well defined quantity, and it screams out for a fact check.

    A quick google brought up a freshman chemistry lab report [], in microsoft word format, even. Not exactly the paragon of authority, but it is well known that freshman chemistry students have a far greater respect for the truth then marketers.

    Their value for the mass of a drop of water is .025 grams, which is twenty-four times less than the .6 grams that the mass of the flash memory. I thought so.

    It isn't hard to imagine a .6 gram drop of water, actually, just to be fair to those dorks, but I don't think it would resemble the familiar ones that most of us are accumstomed to.
  • Re:English Penny (Score:2, Informative)

    by serialdogma ( 883470 ) <> on Tuesday December 18, 2007 @12:40PM (#21739918)
    Why deal with old pre-1707 English pennies, when a new one pence piece is called a penny? At 2cm diameter, this would be still quite small.

Whenever people agree with me, I always think I must be wrong. - Oscar Wilde