Getting the Internet on a hand-held device
By ColmSmyth on Dec 19, 2004
One of those seemingly incredible predictions is that we will be able to store the contents of the Internet on a hand-held device in about 20 years. That kind of storage would require incredible bandwidth, data indexing and synchronisation capability. So there are two further steps towards that dream:
- Infineon have built a 20 nanometer-sized flash memory cell based on a FinFET (Fin Field Effect Transistor). Expect to be able to buy 32 Gigabit flash in about 3 years - extraordinary.
- DoCoMo have achieved 1 Gb per-second downloads in a laboratary mobile phone network.
Technology advances so fast, if you don't keep up you get left so far behind what is possible. Combine this kind of storage and bandwidth in a hand-held device, add a fast CPU and bus, mix in short-range wireless communication, and you've got an astonishing opportunity to create software and services that no-one has ever seen before. Just imagine it; you'll be able to do a lot more than jot a few notes, save some contacts and track your tasks on that class of PDA.