We all know that the biggest impediment to the greater use of solid state drives in desktops and laptops is cost. While they don't have moving parts and take up less space than traditional hard drives, SSDs still can't deliver cheap enough cost-per-gigabyte storage to stop from the PC industry from freaking out over a looming hard drive shortage.
Prices for SSD drives have certainly dropped over time, but OCZ is gearing up to lower the entry price significantly as early as the first quarter of 2012. That's when the company's first SSDs using its new TLC (triple-bit-per-cell) NAND flash memory will start shipping. TLC can be as much as 30-percent cheaper as MLC (multi-layer cell) NAND flash.
As you might imagine given initial plans for TLC flash to be used in USB drives and memory cards, TLC-based SSD drives will suffer from worse endurance than their pricier brethren, though OCZ says TLC flash will still last for four years. The company claims that its Indilinx nDurance technology will help with TLC's limited redundancy (offering only about 10 percent the number of writes that MLC offers).
If the hard drive shortage has indeed made this SSD's time to shine (as Fudzilla argues), then OCZ couldn't have timed the introduction of its TLC drives any better. Solid-state drives still won't be dirt cheap, but any significant downward price pressure will only help deflate competitors' prices.
[Via X-bit labs]