Lets hope for lower prices too. The price of SSD drives has been kept artificially high for years. This isn't mere speculation. I recall when the market was caught red handed in recent years fixing the price of memory, LCD screens etc. They (BIG Business) were guilty of collusion, theft, and racketeering. BUT since the fines are so small they just don't care. Pay off the right people and prices can stay high. Granted, there is a normal period when a new product is introduced that prices are high until it is adopted. This isn't what we are seeing with SSD technology. Now, if
all the makers of SSDs established an agreement between themselves that
they would constrain production to a certain level (and I'm not saying
this isn't happening) then it's collusion. There's a decent chance it's
happening here, just don't automatically equate a business trying to
maintain a decent margin on a product to unfair business tactics.
From Toms Hardware..Samsung, Toshiba, Etc Fined For Price FixingOver in Europe, a handful of chipmakers were fined by the European Union for illegally fixing prices. The names of the alleged companies include Elpida, Hitachi, Hynix, Infineon, Mitsubishi, Nanya, NEX, Samsung, and Toshiba. Micron was also accused of price fixing, however the company escaped the heavy fines in return for ratting out the other nine.The EU said that the price-fixing operation covered 1998 to 2002, and featured a network of contacts that shared secret company information. Apparently they all agreed to set a fixed price for DRAM chips sold to major PC makers.........LCD price fixing settlement: The Real Deal If you recently bought a device with an LCD screen, you could soon get some money back. New York is in line for millions of dollars as part of a huge settlement with a number of electronic manufacturers. The State Attorney General says they were involved in a price-fixing conspiracy, which led to consumers paying artificially inflated prices. Recognizable names like Epson, Hitachi, Samsung and Sharp are involved in the scheme. Seven corporations in all have agreed to pay $553 million to a total of 24 states. New York's portion could add up to $11 million.
JAcord:Lets hope for lower prices too.
Your preachin' to the choir on this subject!
But, prices have come down a lot lately and I hope that they continue to do so for a long time.
I'll wait a while and read some reviews before I buy into any drive with this controller. It may be absolutely great, but I'll let others ride the bleeding edge with something that will probably cost a lot anyways.
My latest SSD (a Mushkin Chronos 240GB) has a Sandforce Controller in it. It's supposed to get 560MBs reads and 525MBs writes. (I got to get it in gear and install that thing soon)
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