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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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Reality Check Required
By Spectator on 12/24/2008 12:16:04 PM , Rating: 2
The logic I dont understand is this.

You can buy corsair 64gig usb stick for $200 (20mb sec ish read/write over usb). Its nand and they make a profit on it yes?

So the realists among us can see that obviously there is a massive amount of profit in the SSD drives atm.

$945 for 160gig equates to $500 @ 64gig = $200. thats making a profit on your nand (Corsair).

So $445 for a good controller !! . then expecting we dont know Intel are one if not the best chip Fabricators in the world. So can mass produce cheaply.

If ppl's are rich enough to buy these en mass. let me know. Ima buy some intel shares while thier cheap :P

RE: Reality Check Required
By Headfoot on 12/26/2008 2:42:47 AM , Rating: 2
You realize the technology didn't magically fall out of the air.

It took a lot of very smart people a lot of man hours to make these things work.

RE: Reality Check Required
By mathew7 on 12/26/2008 7:07:08 AM , Rating: 2
Reality check: what is the speed of Crosair USB stick? You said 20MB/s. USB 2.0 has a maximum of 40MB/s (theoretical). Intel's SSD drives have more than 100MB/s read speed and 90MB/s write speed. I would say that requires much more research & development and the cost is justified. Obtaining that speed is not just internally "RAID-ing" modules, because you would loose speed on small files.

BTW: USB has a big CPU penalty because it was designed as a shared bus, whereas the SATA controller does not because it was designed for high-throuput with minimal latency.

RE: Reality Check Required
By Spectator on 12/29/2008 12:09:06 PM , Rating: 2

The cost to produce silicon is based on Transistor count I thought?

A usb 64Gb drive is an ASS load smaller than those 20? chips on the x25m :(

So what is so special about the nand chips intel produce compared to other SSD producers?. Intel make special one's that cost the extra $445 to make them faster?(best fab in world cost more to make chips..yaa right !!). lol. or they just have a better controller?.

If you look at intel profit reports you will see that they currently Average 30+% from the whole business.

My goal was to show the scope of profit even us simple folk can see in this tech. The sooner they make it cheaper/main stream the more money they will make.

As a simple grunt. I see corsair Happy to sell nand cheaper in bulk. And Intel charging 100+% more for the same total storage.

Intel should use thier strength/skills to take the market now. While they have an advatage, not hand the profits to others who are happy with less profit.

I want intel to do well. I just dont believe they cant mass produce silicon cheaper than the others taking more SSD sales away from them.

What happened to using your strength to crush your rivals? :(.. there not mainly in usa anyways. So who gives a sht.

Times are hard. Stop fooking about and start decimating others while they are weak(poor). such is the way of things :P

"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer
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