Will 2008 Be The Year Of The SSD?

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News Posted: Tue, Dec 11 2007 12:29 AM

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...



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^Bad_Boy^ replied on Tue, Dec 11 2007 11:42 AM
.. I don't think 2008 is SSD's year.. Not Yet!

Prices are too high and most people don't even know what SSD is all about..

Just my opinion.

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Agreed... a 90-95% decrease in price(based on current of approx. 30-40bux a gig)is what it'll take for those things to be affordable to "normal" folks and a drop like that's gonna take a long time.

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Dave_HH replied on Tue, Dec 11 2007 11:27 PM
I think you could see things come down considerably in '08 such that you'll actually look at one of these drives as an option or an augmentation to your current storage system.

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such that you'll actually look at one of these drives as an option

 

I don't foresee these drives being available in respectable sizes at sub $1000 price points next year... just my oppinion of course.

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Dave_HH replied on Wed, Dec 12 2007 8:20 AM
I think you might be surprised at how fast prices drop. It all depends on how fast new fab technology can come on line to manufacturer higher density product. Maybe I'm wrong... but I'm not saying that SSD will replace standard HDD technology by this time, just that there will be more consumer-level products you might actually consider to augment (as I mentioned) your current HDD system. Don't forget hybrid drive technology too.

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^Bad_Boy^ replied on Wed, Dec 12 2007 8:43 AM
I could see Hybrid HDD becoming popular next year...
And good pricing on them as well..

But SSD as it is, I think will take a little longer than next year ;)

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digitaldd replied on Wed, Dec 12 2007 8:53 AM

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I could see Hybrid HDD becoming popular next year...
And good pricing on them as well..

But SSD as it is, I think will take a little longer than next year ;)
 

 

I say we skip hybrid drives completely and just start putting SSDs in all high end laptops (especially ultra portables), and systems that needs super fast access times. I don't think they're enterprise ready yet though.

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jtm55 replied on Wed, Dec 12 2007 12:39 PM

Hi All,

That's a optomistic outlook. I hope you're right. However, I think 09 or 10 will be more likely.

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^Bad_Boy^ replied on Tue, Dec 18 2007 12:50 AM
Good Find mate !! ;)

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tsancoso replied on Wed, Feb 20 2008 8:04 PM

I don't know that Western Digital could do anything to differentiate an SSD "Raptor" from any other SSD.

What I hope is that all this talk of SSDs doesn't purely concern the MLC NAND variety.  It seems largely pointless to me to get just twice the capacity (MLC vs SLC) when the transfer rates and life spans are so much less.  I suppose MLC also takes less energy than HDDs...

I might pay around $4 per GB for a 64 GB SATA II SLC NAND SSD (that's a lot of acronyms!) with today's programs and games.  Since their capacity seems to double every year, I suppose the price should fall by half for the same size.  That would mean I should wait ~2 years.  But by that time, games and programs will take more space than now, so I'll probably need at least 128 GB if not 256 GB.  We'll see...

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werty316 replied on Wed, Feb 20 2008 10:35 PM

I don't think it will eithe rsince prices are still quite high and regular HDs are so affordable more then ever. 

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digitaldd replied on Thu, Feb 21 2008 11:55 AM

 HD's have moving platters SSD's are solid state, no moving parts that is a big advantage in a laptop or a portable media player. a hard disks moving parts are all points of failure for the device.

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Kamrooz replied on Sat, Feb 23 2008 4:47 PM

 LOL...love vintage adds =P. 

I doubt 2008 will be the year of the SSD, maybe mid 2009 possibly. But honestly, I want a FusionIO...Has anyone seen these?

 

http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/34065/135/ 

 
http://www.fusionio.com/ 

 

It should be on the verge of release. Damn, that would pretty much eliminate the hard drive bottle necks >_<.  Expensive as hell though atm, $30 per gb. They aren't designing it for os drive based usages yet till later...But still damn amazing.

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