Flash memory set to benefit from mobile Internet explosion.
Look for NAND technology to thrive as the world becomes ever more interconnected through mobile devices and data centers seek to become more efficient, or "green."
From wireless handhelds to cameras, tablets and servers, NAND flash technology will be embedded in billions of devices over the next 10 years, says Sanjay Mehrotra, co-founder and president flash memory vendor SanDisk. And, as the number of devices using NAND technology increase, the functionality and security of applications embedded in flash chip controllers will significantly improve, he added.
According to a research report released this week
, the number of NAND flash-based solid state drives (SSD) in corporate data centers are expected to grow by 50 times over the next five years, as companies embrace the faster throughput of flash for relational databases and streaming video applications.
"Flash will enable things people couldn't even imagine," Mehrotra said.
Like traditional spinning hard disk drives, storage capacities of NAND-based products such as SDcards and SSDs have grown exponentially over the past 10 to 15 years.