To paraphrase an ancient Chinese proverb: Talk about an incredible new technology and we're interested, launch that amazing new technology and we'll be ecstatic. By this we don't mean launch blazingly fast products at prices we couldn't dream of affording, but launching products that are at least somewhat affordable.
It looks like 2008 could very well be the year of the solid state drive, at least if Micron & Toshiba have anything to say about it:
“The world's No. 2 maker of NAND-type flash memory said its solid state drives would range in capacity from 32 gigabytes to 128 gigabytes, and that it will mass produce the 1.8-inch and 2.5 inch drives in May 2008.”
Not to be outdone, Micron also plans to start shipping SSDs in the coming year.
If you haven't been following this exciting new approach to mass storage, SSDs offer numerous benefits over traditional drives but come at a steep price and some first-generation units suffer from sub-standard transfer rates. We're expecting both Samsung and Idaho-based Micron Technologies to bring their A-games to the table, and a new storage battle might very well be in the cards.
The only question we have is whether or not Western Digital might shock the world by announcing a SSD Raptor that'll leave our heads spinning and our wallets nearly empty in 2008. Until then, we'll just have to be interested...