The new solid state standard for laptop vendors?

Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2016 - 12:24 PM |
Tagged: ssd, laptop, ultraportable

The increasing use of on-board memory by OEMs in ultraportables has some enthusiasts unhappy, however the trend that DigiTimes mentioned today should cheer them up somewhat.  It is predicted by DRAMeXchange that over half of all laptops will use an SSD for storage by 2018.  There are some rather interesting bits of data in the post, for instance the pricing of SSDs for OEMs have reportedly stabilized for the first time, with a quoted rise in prices of 0-0.5% for MLC and 0-1% TLC based models compared with the prior quarter.  These numbers seem in direct opposition to the retail market where not only have we seen a steady decline in SSD prices, the change has been much greater than 1%.

There is a shadow cast by this silver lined cloud; with more demand by OEMs for NAND there will be more pressure on manufacturers and so it is predicted that supply will be unable to meet demand in Q3 of this year.  One would expect manufacturers to produce for the market segment that offers a greater profit margin and if the pricing mentioned previously is accurate, that is not retail.  It will be interesting to see what, if anything, happens to SSD pricing in the fall.

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"DRAMeXchange has maintained its estimate given earlier in 2016 that the adoption of SSDs in notebooks would exceed 30% in 2016. The proportion is forecast to reach 56% in 2018, according to the research firm."

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August 30, 2016 | 01:57 PM - Posted by PCPerFan (not verified)

I'm amazed at how many laptops still come with 500GB HDDs opposed to 120GB SSDs, which are roughly the same price.

August 30, 2016 | 03:15 PM - Posted by serpico (not verified)

yeah, 120GB is cutting it tight, given that choice I would probably go with 500GB. But ultimately I would just pay a little more for a >200 GB ssd.

August 30, 2016 | 09:30 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

As long as they actually mean SSD's & aren't including EMMC's this is fairly good news. So long as whatever they use is removable & has a publicly available pinout I'm not complaining.

August 30, 2016 | 10:08 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Stabilization of prices is bad. I want them to be unstable with a downward trend.

August 31, 2016 | 08:55 AM - Posted by BlackDove (not verified)

Kinda hard for things to get BETTER AND CHEAPER when the dollar gets more and more worthless.

Stop sending all the money, debt and gold to China.

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