JMicron NAND Flash Controller Could Slash SSD Prices By 50%S

JMicron is preparing to debut its new NAND flash controller at Computex, and with it the company intends to boast it can slash SSD pricing by 50% in time for the holiday season.

Officially labeled the JMF612, the chip is targeted at a "new generation of NAND flash chips built using smaller process geometries that will be entering the market soon." Vague! The JMF612 chip will reportedly use an ARM9 core in a 289-ball TFBGA package, supporting up to 256MB of DDR or DDR2 DRAM as an external cache. Technical!

But my brain hurts now. Put simply, if this lofty rhetoric isn't just hot air up our ass, it means half price SSD by Christmas or thereabouts.

Of course, there's that brick wall looming on the horizon, but I guess we'll deal with that headache when it arrives. [DailyTech via Engadget]