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Seagate says it will target enterprise customers with its first SSD

Seagate doesn’t currently have any drives in the SSD market. Seagate currently is one of the largest makers of traditional hard drives and while it foresees a time when the solid state drive (SSD) is a better value than traditional HDDs; that time is not now.

Seagate announced that next year it will double its highest capacity traditional HDD to 2TB and will introduce its first SSD. CEO Bill Watkins says Seagate will first target enterprise customers with its SSDs where the benefits of lower power consumption and faster data access will be most welcome. The enterprise environment will also be willing to pay the premium SSDs will still demand whereas the majority of the consumer market is not willing to pay the premium at this time says Seagate.

PC World quotes Watkins saying, “SSDs are not price-competitive yet.” The cost per gigabyte for SSDs isn’t expected to come down for several years. Watkins believes that SSDs will become a focus for Seagate when the cost per gigabyte of SSD storage is around $0.10.

Currently, the cost per gigabyte for the average SSD is about $3.58 per gigabyte according to Krishna Chander, an analyst at iSuppli. There are problems with SSDs to be tackled over the next few years other than price. The typical SSD still has a storage capacity too low for most users and the SSD lifespan is short compared to a traditional HDD.

The answer to the problem of durability may lie in using the SSD for data reading and fast access to commonly used files and having less frequently used stuff moved off to a HDD for more permanent storage according to some. Despite the fact that Seagate doesn’t currently sell SSDs, it does own several patents that cover technology currently used in many SSDs on the market.

In April 2008 Seagate announced it was going to begin filing patent infringement suits against SSD makers who were using its patented technology in their products with the first suit filed against STEC.

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RE: Problems with size?
By mindless1 on 6/2/2008 4:36:51 AM , Rating: 2
No the lifespan isn't really short, you just find muppetheads repeating that every time they hear the word flash, nevermind if they didn't bother to do any research about how many writes their use has and how long it would take to wear out even the first cell with any reasonable wear leveling.

Capacity is a problem to the extent that Vista is a precursor of things to come, mammoth sized OS, and the average selling price of a computer would've otherwise declined further through more integration and fewer and fewer people needing higher end performance from any given era. It's just not reasonable to the average person to spend half the computer budget on their hard drive.

One reason for the small size is definitely price. Another is that they aren't making enough flash chips currently for SSD to fully replace mechanical drives, there are more and more devices today that use flash with capacity growing as fast as flash density rises if not moreso.

We've just gotten really spoiled about price:GB with today's mechanical drives, and flash tech lagged behind ever increasing video storage demands even moreso now that HD video and higher res monitors hit the scene.

If only we could've had flash tech to the point where you could get 4GB for $15 after a rebate back in the Win98 days (4GB mechanical being the budget choice when Win98 first came out), that would've been something. We're just too anxious though, it's kinda amazing that in only a decade we have drives over 100X the size, but no matter what gains we make we'll always want more.

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