Flash Memory to Replace Hard Drives in Portables?

Apple Insider reports on an interview with Samsung Semiconductor CEO Hwang Chang-Gyu, in which he discusses the production of 16 GB flash memory, predicts 100 GB, and expresses a hope to see flash memory replace hard drives in Apple laptops. What makes this radar-worthy? I quote:

Aside from being more robust, flash-memory presents several other advantages over hard-disk drive storage. It’s silent in operation, requires less power, and is more reliable because it lacks moving parts. The drives are also typically lighter and can read and write data faster than conventional drives. [Emphasis mine.]

One more sign of the move towards ubiquitous computing, with low power (and new sources of power) being one of the limiting factors that the deep trend is forcing companies to re-think or route around. (Story via slashdot.)