Solid state drives have been in development but there’s never been a time when they’ve been affordable. It’s taken for granted that there are several benefits to using a SSD such as improved speeds, lower power consumption and since they have no moving parts, they run a lot cooler than existing hard drives.
Time to bid farewell to hard drives?
Gartner, a technology research firm has predicted that solid state drives will go mainstream next year. Laptop and tablet manufacturers have already been using solid state drives on their premium products. Desktop users haven’t started using solid state drives as they are more expensive than traditional hard drives. Gartner says that the prices of solid state drives will drop to as low as $1 per gigabyte. Prices of NAND flash memory is said to drop by 30 per cent this year and an approximate 36 per cent in 2012. NAND Flash consumption by SSDs this year was only 7.9 per cent as compared to 38 per cent by flash memory and USB Flash drives. That number is said to grow to 15.9 per cent next year. With major price drops expected, users can expect to see competition between SSDs and hard drives to heat up drastically in 2012.
Source: Yahoo! News