This is a trend that will most likely be adopted by all other manufacturers in the not so long term. Finally, floppy days are counted.

In a move that may speed the death of floppy disk drives, M-Systems on Tuesday said its USB flash memory storage device can now start a PC's boot-up process.

"We believe the new bootability function will provide users with a world of benefit, including those owners with slimline laptops that no longer need to carry their external disk or CD drives," said Blaine Phelps, director of worldwide marketing for M-Systems' DiskOnKey business unit.