So if it has built in wireless does this mean I could just plug a few of these into power strip under my desk and have hard drives just parked anywhere I have room? (I kind of like that idea, no more opening my case just to add some more storage...)
They just said it would micky (of course this remains to be seen. Just like all other new tech it may never come out. Although this actually has a prototype and isn't just a theory). To the other no it won't make towers any smaller. As you got to remember the hard drive space in the tower is realitvy small when you consider the motherboard, video card/s, cd/dvd drives, power supply. So i guess for mini towers it might help, but not much. But could help in finding space for big vid cards for lan boxes.
[citation][nom]JonathanDeane[/nom]So if it has built in wireless does this mean I could just plug a few of these into power strip under my desk and have hard drives just parked anywhere I have room? (I kind of like that idea, no more opening my case just to add some more storage...)[/citation]
Just a flaming guess, but I interpreted that to mean that the (apparently stacked) chips would communicate with each other using a very low power local wireless protocol, eliminating the need to interconnect the chips. If the range of the transmission is more than a few millimeters, I would be surprised.
However, three months after these come out, there will be a Black Hat demonstration of reading the memory activity using a netbook and a parabolic reflector made from a soup can, from a distance of five kilometers, while the operator is blindfolded and drinking a beer.
I highly doubt this drive will have high iops. And it does not differ much with current SD cards (when produced to a smaller die).
One thing that could also be interesting is when manufacturers would create a SSD with just the memory, while leaving the controller on the mobo. This could reduce cost for SSD's, but also reduces performance.
The SSD cards will be faster and smaller and more versatile. Users will have far faster data transfer from solid state devices and be able to transmit data wirelessly using less power and batteries will last longer 70% longer. Imagine what it will do to the cell phone industry. If you have a cell phone, there will be no need to have an iPod. Good bye Nano. The additional space freed up and functionality will enable smaller devices to carry better camera technology. Star Trek has tri-quarters. This now makes it's possible.
If I were to guess at what they mean by "uses radio communications," I would guess that they are talking about inter-chip communication. Stacking all of the chips together like that would be difficult to make a circuit board for. But if the chips could talk to each other wirelessly, then this would cut down space and wires, making the total device cheaper to manufacture.
This is probably the most innovative part of the new technology