Happy 25th Birthday Flash Memory
SanDisk, one of the major players in flash memory technology, recently celebrated flash memory technology’s silver jubilee. Flash technology’s 25 years of existence was given its due importance as the company commemorated the considerable progress and influence that the technology have contributed to the world of electronic devices. Today’s world is becoming even more dependent on the benefits brought on by flash memory, and it has now become unfathomable to envision technology without it.
History of Flash Memory
SanDisk, in particular, was invested in flash memory technology right from the beginning. The company was started in 1988 with the aim of developing flash memory products. Its first venture into the arena was a 20 MB solid-state drive in 1991, a product that retailed then for a now exorbitant $1,000.
Through the years, flash memory has gotten significantly cheaper to produce. SanDisk itself has been able to increase storage capacities in flash by 30,000 times in the span two decades; the cost of production, on the other hand, experienced a decrease of 50,000 times in the same time span. This rapid development of flash memory technology paired with ever declining costs of production has led to the widespread adoption of the technology. Billions of consumers and businesses currently use some form of flash in their day-to-day life, from USB thumb drives to ultrabooks equipped with the latest SSDs.
The growth of flash has been remarkable, considering its relatively short existence. Flash has made a significant contribution to the content boom of today’s information age. An analysis of this year’s digital content (which is backed up by the many manifestations of flash) comes up to a total of 2.7 zettabytes (ZB). For those unfamiliar with the term, one zettabyte is equal to one billion terabytes.
And because of this marked influence on digital content, cloud connectivity has been increasing in popularity. Cloud connectivity is unique in that flash memory pervades throughout its existence. Servers are storing even more content on cloud-based applications, which are, in turn, supported by SSDs because of their ability to handle large amounts of data at high speeds.
As a result, the distribution of information is efficient. Flash memory’s 25 years of existence will likely survive into the future. Demand for mobile devices and digital content that run on flash continues to increase, ensuring a steady supply of all things flash.