Toshiba and Fujitsu are turning away from the production of miniature 1-inch and 1.8-inch hard disk drives, according to Japanese newspaper Nikkei.
The electronics giant has reportedly already stopped making 1-inch drives and will ax shipments of 1.8-inch HDDs next summer in response to manufacturers favoring flash-based storage over spinning disks for portable electronics. The newspaper doesn't cite sources, but the publication tends to be a reliable tech confessional for the region.
Despite arrangements with U.S.-based Cornice on 1.8-inch HDD, Fujitsu will focus on flash-based storage drives instead.
The preference for flash-based storage will, hopefully, continue to drive down the price of flash memory in the coming year.
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.