The very fact they have created such a drive is impressive, though it brings out one of the most glaring issues with flash: Cost. The unit's memory alone, not factoring in the controller and other technology needed, is nearly $2200. A drive that exceeds the value of most computers is not a drive that will sell well, though it is clearly a step towards something greater. PQI is obviously heavily invested into flash, and made a bold statement about how quickly it will be adopted:
“PQI expects SSD to become the hard drive of the future and in 2008, SSD may replace up to 30% of traditional hard drive market."
30% in only a year from now is a huge increase over a technology that was largely unheard of for mass storage just a year ago. The consumer almost always votes with their wallet, however, so clearly PQI expects the cost of flash to drop dramatically. With many other vendors like Seagate also pushing for SSDs, I look forward to what this year and next will bring. You can read the press release at PQI's site or in the comments section.