Fujitsu has stopped developing its 1.8-inch hard drive, saying OEM vendors that use it prefer flash memory. It's lighter and faster, although it costs more. Whoops. Is this a tipping point?

Cornice has got out of the 1-inch microdrive business. Toshiba and Samsung also make 1.8-inch drives. Since Samsung makes flash as well confirmation that the days of the 1.8-inch hard drive are more or less over will come if Samsung closes down its 1.8-inch drive business.

Perpendicular recording is enabling 2-platter 2.5-inch drives to head towards 250GB. That's a long way from today's flash frontier, say two to three years. Dizzying isn't it, the speed of flash development?