Samsung has announced that it will begin to sell 4GB 0.85-inch miniature drives in the third quarter of 2005. Currently, only Toshiba sells 0.85-inch drives. Today, they have a capacity of 2GB but 4GB drives are expected mid-year.
The article also looks at how flash memory capacity is quickly increasing and continues to offer an alternative at the lower end of the storage capacity spectrum. The expectation is that many of the MP3 players with capacity of 4GB or less will use flash by the end of the year.
No word yet on whether Samsung intends to use the new drives in its cell phones.