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Flash Forward

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) October 18, 2005 –

For anyone still hanging on to those old “floppy disks,” it may be time to flash forward into new technology. We see the advertisements, but really, what does “flash memory” mean?

The term “memory” may be a little deceiving; most people think of “RAM” when hearing the word “memory.” On the contrary, a flash memory device is actually a device of solid-state storage, more like a hard drive. It is electrical, not mechanical, so there are no moving parts. While a computer has RAM memory, flash memory is NAND memory – faster, more efficient, and does not require a constant charge.

Most flash memory devices look exactly like the end of a USB connector – about two inches in length, one-half in width, and about one-quarter in height. Many have protective caps that slide off like a pen; newer models have a cap that slides around but does not remove, making it less likely to disappear.

Like the old floppy disks, flash memory devices are used to transport data from one place to another: from one computer to another, from a digital camera to a computer, or even a computer to game console.

The newest flash memory devices also double as MP3 players, pens, or even keychains. They come in a variety of styles and colors, and can even be manufactured with company logos and used for promotions. Accessories like wrist- or arm-bands or neckchains keep these files mobile and accessible.

If security is important for particular files, consumers should consider a model with thumb-print encryption software as well as McAfee protection software built right in.

Capacity of models can range from 64MB all the way to 4G. Transfer rates vary from 5 MB per second to 30 MB per second while reading, and 3.5 MB per second to 24 MB per second while writing. For more Information, please visit our website,


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