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Pricing cuts will spur greater SSD adoption

Intel is lowering prices on several of its SSDs in a response to increased competition in the burgeoning SSD market. The world's largest semiconductor company makes SSDs using NAND flash produced by IM Flash Technologies, an Intel joint venture with Micron Technologies.

The X25-M series of mainstream 2.5-inch SSDs, which use Multi-Level Cell flash, is the target of the price cuts. The 160GB model will receive a $100 price cut off the MSRP, while the 80GB model will drop $50 in price. However, the street prices are much lower, as retailers react to demand for the popular Vertex series of SSDs produced by OCZ Technology.

Increased production and competition has forced a dramatic drop in prices. Intel launched its 160GB X25-M drive for $945 just four short months ago. Today, it is available for two-thirds of its original price, a savings of over $300. The price for the 80GB model has been cut almost in half since its launch.

Intel will also be making available more 80GB and 160GB SSDs in the 1.8-inch form factor. The retail supply of the X18-M series has been limited since its launch. These drives are used mostly in netbooks and smaller laptops which are space constrained.

Meanwhile, the X25-E series targeted at the enterprise server market will also soon face pricing and capacity pressure from OCZ and Super Talent.

Super Talent will soon be shipping SLC-based SSDs with up to 256GB of storage, which OCZ will counter with their Vertex EX series targeting the enterprise server and tiered storage markets.

Intel will fight back in this lucrative market, with designs for a 128GB SLC drive and a 320GB SSD using 34nm MLC NAND chips. They are expected to be released later in 2009.

 

Model

December 2008

February 2009

April 2009

 X25-M 80GB

 $595

 $390

$320 

 X25-M 160GB

 $945

 $765 

$630

X18-M 80GB

NA

NA

$340

 X25-E 32GB

 $575

 $415

$390 

 X25-E 64GB

 NA

 $795 

$795




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RE: RAM drive
By HotFoot on 4/28/2009 12:40:41 PM , Rating: 2
These things exist. The last time I saw one, though, it was for plain DDR, not even DDR2. I think the card itself was going for $100 to $150.


RE: RAM drive
By Pirks on 4/28/2009 3:27:22 PM , Rating: 1
DDR is even more insanely overpriced than 4GB sticks or DDR3 sticks, it's out of the question. Are there any similar cars for DDR2? Nope, I don't think so. DDR instead of DDR2 and a low amount of memory slots are the problems that killed this excellent idea. Poor implementation kills excellent ideas all the time, unfortunately :-(


RE: RAM drive
By afkrotch on 4/28/2009 4:41:59 PM , Rating: 3
Gigabyte designed an i-Ram for DDR2 that allowed up to 8 GB of memory. I don't think it ever hit the market though. Just the original i-Ram for DDR that allows up to 4 GB of memory.


RE: RAM drive
By Pirks on 4/28/09, Rating: 0
RE: RAM drive
By mckirkus on 5/12/2009 3:15:09 PM , Rating: 2
"Are there any similar cars for DDR2? Nope, I don't think so."

See the Acard ANS-9010 and a 9012. Reviewed by many major tech sites.


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