Industry players believe that for the flash-based SSD to be accepted by the consumers, the price gap with HDDs must be much smaller. Under the current manufacturing process technology, DRAMeXchange expects that SSDs will become more affordable in the year 2008.
The reason in why flash manufacturers are pinning such high hopes on the SSD lies in its huge flash consumption. For example, a 32 GB SSD requires thirty two 8Gb chips (equivalent to the production of thirty two 1GB memory cards). If SSDs can be largely employed in the millions of NBs that are manufactured each year, the capacity demand in NAND Flash chips would be enormous. Hence, each flash maker are strongly anticipating to see the SSD in becoming the new storage device for computers.
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Re: SSD the killer application for NAND Flash in 2008 by Anonymous on Thursday, January 11 2007 @ 04:45:41 CET
I'm not sure if it's worth it for the general public. SSDs are expensive and the overall performance increase is probably marginal or at least not enough to justify the huge amount of $$$