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Intel ships SSD that will add greatly to the cost of a laptop during poor economy

SSDs are continuing the march to ever higher storage capacities and part of the march to higher capacities is ever increasing prices. Perhaps one day flash prices will come down to the point where SSDs are more in line with the price of traditional HDD storage today.

Intel has announced that it is upping the capacity of its line of SSDs to 160GB. Intel is lagging behind its competition in the capacity wars for SSDs. Intel's 160GB capacity is measly in comparison to the massive 512GB SSD that Toshiba announced recently.

At the time Toshiba made the 512GB SSD announcement, pricing for the drives was unknown. CNET News reports that Toshiba is now saying the 512GB SSD will go for $1,652. A similar capacity 2.5-inch laptop HDD sells for under $200. Toshiba's 64GB SSD, announced alongside its 512GB SSD, will sell for $220.

Intel reports that the pricing for its new 160GB 2.5-inch SSD will be $945 in lots of under 1,000. The 2.5-inch SSDs are sized for laptops and 1.8-inch versions of the drive will ship next month for ultraportable laptops according to CNET News. The new 160GB SSDs will be versions of Intel's X25-M and X18-M units.

Considering that the 80GB Intel SSD adds a whopping $659 over the cost of a 120GB HDD in the HP EliteBook 2530, the cost of admission for the new SSD with twice the capacity likely won't be appealing to most consumers.

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Same old Game!
By bobny1 on 12/23/2008 11:25:16 AM , Rating: 1
It probably cost them a fraction of a traditional HDD to produce, but they keep prices riculously high to keep the best of both worlds.

RE: Same old Game!
By Inkjammer on 12/23/2008 11:36:17 AM , Rating: 2
It probably does cost them a fraction of the cost of an HDD to manufacture, but the development time/investment is another story. They still need to recoup those losses.

RE: Same old Game!
By slayerized on 12/23/2008 1:04:50 PM , Rating: 2
When I bought a 2G ddr2-800 for $190 end of 2006. It now costs 30-40bucks at best. Early adoption of anything comes with a premium. So, if you want prices to be ridiculously low, wait for couple more years (just that you would be Kyle from Chinpokomon: S3E42, and I dont mind being that Kyle sometimes!).

RE: Same old Game!
By bobny1 on 12/23/2008 8:45:53 PM , Rating: 2
By the time they get affordable there is a new technology already taking its market share. In my opinion it makes more sense to make it affordable from the beginning and make money on volumen and momentum. That's what toyota did with the Prius.

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