OCZ to slash SSD drive prices by 30 percent in 2012 thanks to TLC NAND flash memory

OCZ to slash SSD drive prices by 30 percent in 2012 thanks to TLC NAND flash memory

Summary: 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.

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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]

Topics: Web development, Hardware, Laptops, Storage

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  • RE: OCZ to slash SSD drive prices by 30 percent in 2012 thanks to TLC NAND flash memory

    Wait, 90% lower endurance than MLC (which in it's turn has a much lower endurance than SLC)? I can see these SSD's become popular in netbooks/chromebooks, but not really as a replacement for the HDD's used in desktops.
    Martijn2
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  • RE: OCZ to slash SSD drive prices by 30 percent in 2012 thanks to TLC NAND flash memory

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    I wonder how much money they make from their fake Mail in Rebate business.
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  • The space they take up

    It strikes me that at the rate of change we see in this industry, the fact that these SSDs might fail after four years is almost not an issue. In four years, the thing I'll be most annoyed with about these drives is how little storage I'm getting for the use of a drive bay in my desktop box. I already have perfectly good SATA drives that I'm thinking of tossing for no reason other than that they only hold 180G while taking up a drive letter in Windows and a slot in the disk drive cage. In four years, the "sweet spot" for SSDs will be at least a terabyte, maybe more.
    Robert Hahn
  • SSD is the Future of Storage

    The way we use storage will change - the manufacturers of software and hardware will adopt methods that take advantage of the benefits of SSD and change to make them last - today's SSD technology is using yesterdays software and hardware - it's plugging into it. In a few years systems will be redesigned from the SSD up. Write wear will become less important. Swap files and caching will do done in RAM and only data will get written to a disk. Inline compression and deduplication will cut down on how much storage is needed - these are just 2 software technologies available in the latest enterprise storage devices - this will see it's way onto the desktop.
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  • Average price nearing $1/GB

    According to this website http://www.ssdtracker.com/ the average price is now $1.19 per gigabyte.

    There's already a OCZ drive which is priced at $1 per gigabyte

    http://www.ssdtracker.com/126/ocz-technology-120-gb-vertex-plus-optimized-edition-sata-ii-2-5-inch-solid/
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