Intel Bringin' SSD Drama: 160GB Capacity, 50% Price Drop

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We already told you about Intel's new ultramobile SSDs, but their tiny size means high cost and low capacities, only up to 16GB. That's why the company promised SATA-II SSDs in the 1.8" and 2.5" sizes with capacities up to 160GB, with read and write speeds exceeding Samsung's 100MB/s and 70MB/s, respectively. Best of all, Intel says its goal is to drive down the currently exorbitant prices of solid-state storage to something less punitive, predicting two subsequent 50% drops in 2009 and 2010. [Daily Tech]

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Sean Harrington

Hmmm... two years seems excessive. Figure $10 a GB for SSD now, that would put it at $2.50 in 2010, so we have to wait two years for a $400 160Gb hard drive?

It will be sooner and cheaper.

Consider that other flash devices have exceeded the 75% price decrease in shorter time: 4Gb USB drives are about $30 now versus $120 a year or so ago, so that is 75% in ONE year, not TWO years.

I anticipate we'll see SSDs at $5 a GB in 6 months, not in a year.