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December 11, 2007

128+ GB mainstream SSD and future SSD pricing

Toshiba is planning 128 GB Solid state drives in Q1 of 2008

SSDs are currently 5x the cost of their mechanical brethren: $7.5/GB compared to $1.4/GB for HDDs. Even by 2010, Samsung (backed by DataQuest research) still estimates at least a 3.x gap: $1.9/GB for SSDs vs $0.6/GB for HDDs according to Hwang's law.


Supertalent has launched 256GB SSD drives

Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched a pair of 256GB Serial ATA (SATA) solid state drives (SSDs). Super Talent’s new FSD56GC35M is 100% interchangeable with standard 3.5-inch SATA hard disk drives, but offers all the advantages of an SSD including greater resistance to shock and vibration, significantly lower power consumption and faster performance.


STEC, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEC) today announced the industry's first multi-level cell (MLC)-based solid state drive: the MACH8-MLC.

The MACH8-MLC is available in two models: 2.5" with capacity up to 512GB (in 15mm) and 256GB (in 9.5mm), and 1.8" up to 128GB (in 7mm) and 64GB (in 5mm). Detailed pricing is available upon request. Sales information is available at http://www.stec-inc.com, via email at info@stec-inc.com or by calling (949) 476-1180


STEC pricing is supposedly at $5/GB now and is targeting $2/GB by the end of 2009.

PRICING as of Dec 11, 2007
SUPER TALENT FSD28GC25M (128GB) 2.5" Internal Solid state disk - Retail$3,299.00

SAMSUNG MCBOE32G8APR-0XA00 1.8" 32GB IDE Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - OEM $430

Samsung's SSD site and 64GB SSD drive

FURTHER READING
Programmable metallization cell (nano-ionic) memory could be a competitor to flash in 2009.

Other info on Programmable metallization cell (nano-ionic) memory

2 comments:

svante said...

the price info is a bit off, you can currently get hdd's for 0.20 $/GB, while ssd can be had for about 5 $/GB. That said, I don't think it's an issue of "catching up", but rather of both alternatives becoming cheap enough so that the absolute difference is small, although the relative difference might still be large.

bw said...

I mention later in the article that $5/GB for SSD is the STEC pricing. The HDD pricing was a bit stail. Apr /2007.