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.

Excerpt from The Register:

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.