Great stuff ... however it concerns me when Michael talks about on-motherboard flash memory only being available to OEMs.  This seems to preclude home system builders like myself from choosing the best possible mobo.  I hope that companies like Asus, MSI and Gigabyte are part of the group that Michael considers as OEMs.

From a hardware point of view, plugable flash that can be upgraded as the technology improves would be helpful for us small time techies but is the high speed imporvement (ie. 50microseconds to 1 millisecond) which comes from the improved connection on the mobo able to deliver those speeds without a permanent connection..???