Some good news on competition for a change; SSDs may be getting cheaper

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2014 - 01:38 PM |
Tagged: ssd, kingston, Samsung, Intel, sandisk, rumour

If the information provided to DigiTimes is correct we may be in for a price war between SSD manufacturers.  We have seen price drops in flash memory, especially with the advent of TLC and asynchronous flash which have been heartily approved by most enthusiasts.  However there is a chance that in the coming months competition will start driving prices of SSDs down but may have the opposite impact on other products.  Micron is planning on reducing the amount of memory it sells to other companies in order to ramp up its stock of SSDs and SanDisk has jumped into the market with both feet.  You can also expect to see all the major manufacturers start putting out more M.2 drives as adoption of Intel's Z97 board grows.

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"The SSD industry is heading for fierce price competition as major suppliers, including Micron Technology, Intel, Kingston Technology, SanDisk and Samsung Electronics, are gearing up efforts to outperform others, according to industry sources."

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Source: DigiTimes

June 23, 2014 | 02:03 PM - Posted by collie

PRICE WAR!!!! YAY! common big 2tb for $700, big money big money, no whammy no whammy, big money STOP!

June 23, 2014 | 03:37 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I wouldn't be surprised if we see that this year or even for around $500'ish. It all depends on how fast Samsung can push it's 3D memory to the market and if others can, or are going to do so.

June 23, 2014 | 03:14 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yes and as the price war starts, be on the lookout for the three card monte, you know Cheery Pick, send for review, and swap in different replacements for the retail channel, all while the eyes are focused elsewhere, slight of the hand trickery! Step Up! Step Up! Try your luck! is it Synchronous NAND, or Asynchronous NAND? Slight of Hand! Slight of Hand!

June 23, 2014 | 09:55 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

More like,

When the price war starts be on the lookout for the four ssd manufacturer monte (intel, samsung, micron, toshiba) as all other brands are pushed out of the market because none of the above will be willing to sell a competitor nand.

Not 'Slight of Hand' but 'slit the wrists of all hands without a foundry'.

Seriously, by this time next year you'll have four brands to choose from. Well five, because sandisk has a stake in Toshiba's foundry: Crucial, Intel, Samsung, OCZ and Sandisk. Everyone else will have already been bled dry.

June 24, 2014 | 05:24 AM - Posted by praack

no I am sort of like the other guy and his monte idea- Kingston already did it- and the amount of uproar was not enough to force change. that coupled with new rules against class action means more companies are probably thinking the same thing.

review the model- then switch the guts - sell cheaper- idiots will never see it coming

June 24, 2014 | 08:23 AM - Posted by madhatter256 (not verified)

Black Friday this year might have 2TB SSDs for $650ish.

Newegg has a 48 hour sale for a 500gig Samsung 840 Evo for less than $250. It's a sign that regular prices are going to drop even more as time goes on. Yay!

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