27 September 2004 Decreasing dimensions Smaller bits bring bigger benefits for hard disks. By Graham Pitcher. Not too long ago, developers of portable consumer devices didn't have to pay too much attention to storage issues: the Walkman used cassettes, cameras used film. Digital technology has changed all that. Now, manufacturers of MP3 players vie to produce the device with the greatest storage, as users potentially carry their entire record collection around with them. And as 'phones feature ever higher resolution cameras, storage becomes more important. There is a stark choice for those designing portable consumer electronics devices: solid state storage; or rotating media. The latter may seem an unusual choice, but rotating storage is winning in some areas, despite the apparent mismatch. Click here to request this article by email Author Graham Pitcher Comment on this article This material is protected by MA Business copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team. What you think about this article: Add your comments Name Email Comments Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published. Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.