Intel sees NAND flash hard drives in notebooks coming next year

Looks like we might not have to wait quite as long as we feared to reach that promised land of flash-based laptops for the masses -- at least according to Intel. They're expecting to start tossing NAND flash chips into notebooks beginning next year, mainly to benefit start times and lower power consumption. It sure is a convenient time for Intel, in light of their recent partnership with Micron to produce NAND chips, with first customer being Apple who took $500 million worth for their iPods. Also, Micron just today announced their purchase of Lexar Media for $688 million in stock, so there will be plenty of muscle behind these laptop flash drives when they do finally start to come around.

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