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One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

by Noga Gur-Arieh

January 3, 2014 | 12:06 pm

Flash Drive- such a small life saver! / Wikipedia.

Yes, my friends. Flash Drive, that tiny little device we cannot live without, is an Israeli creation. The portable storage device was invented and patented in 1999 by the Israeli companies, M- Systems and IBM. It was described as an upgraded version of disc and diskette technology, through the use of flash memory and USB interface for connection to PCs.


It was commercially released in 2000, under the name "Disc on Key," which is the product name still used in Israel and in other places worldwide. In the U.S, it was given the name "Flash Drive." Other common names are "Thumb Drive," "Jump Drives," and "Tokens." 


The first version to be released had a storage capacity of only 8MB. Later on, two newer versions of the Flash Drive were released, by other companies as well, such as SanDisc and PNY. Nowadays, this small device can reach a capacity of over 100GB.


So how's a USB Flash Drive being made?

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My name is Noga Gur-Arieh, and I’m an Israeli Journalist, currently studying for my B.A degree in Media and Political Science, at Tel Aviv University.

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