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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.



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RE: RAM drive
By Pirks on 4/28/2009 3:31:24 PM , Rating: -1
people would rather buy more RAM than get a $100 RAM drive and have to configure it
Yeah, that lousy Gigabyte thing had just a few memory slots and it used DDR too. Totally useless POS, no doubt it would have tanked, I wouldn't even bother with such a waste. It deserved to die :) But 16 slots for DDR2? This is different, very different, first of all you will never ever get any mobo with such amount of memory slots unless you agree to pay a few grand for ultra high end enterprise stuff.

So 16 DD2 slots makes it TOTALLY competitive price-wise with fastest Intel SLC SSDs but _WITHOUT_ any of SSD problems like wear and erase/delete performance loss AND with MUCH BIGGER PERFORMANCE, think of unlimited write speed, always, 24/7/365 and every other speed too.

And upgradable too! You can double your ULTRAUBERfast ramdrive in a year for another couple of hundred bucks.

Damn I NEED to win a lottery! I'd start looking for a team capable of doing such a thing, this would freakin rock the enthusiast storage market. With RAM prices falling like now it'd put fastest Intel SLC drives to shame, hehe. Who'd buy those SLC drives after that, if such a board would be available? Noone, I'm sure. Intel's lucky I can't win a lottery :))

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