Intel's successor to flash has curiously been in development since the dawn of the floppy disk, and yet shows great promise even today. They are inching closer to making the technology viable for the mass market. Today, they demonstrated it in part. The new technology, phase change memory, relies on melting and remelting material to represent data, and supposedly offers a much greater future potential than flash memory does. Some believe that flash development will begin to slow in the near future, to the point where it will not be able to keep pace with other technologies. In the short term, however, flash is in and will likely soon become a preferred storage medium for anything that doesn't require vast amounts of space.
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