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Agreed... a 90-95% decrease in price(based on current of approx. 30-40bux a gig)is what it'll take for those things to be affordable to "normal" folks and a drop like that's gonna take a long time.
I don't foresee these drives being available in respectable sizes at sub $1000 price points next year... just my oppinion of course.
I say we skip hybrid drives completely and just start putting SSDs in all high end laptops (especially ultra portables), and systems that needs super fast access times. I don't think they're enterprise ready yet though.
That's a optomistic outlook. I hope you're right. However, I think 09 or 10 will be more likely.
I don't know that Western Digital could do anything to differentiate an SSD "Raptor" from any other SSD.
What I hope is that all this talk of SSDs doesn't purely concern the MLC NAND variety. It seems largely pointless to me to get just twice the capacity (MLC vs SLC) when the transfer rates and life spans are so much less. I suppose MLC also takes less energy than HDDs...
I might pay around $4 per GB for a 64 GB SATA II SLC NAND SSD (that's a lot of acronyms!) with today's programs and games. Since their capacity seems to double every year, I suppose the price should fall by half for the same size. That would mean I should wait ~2 years. But by that time, games and programs will take more space than now, so I'll probably need at least 128 GB if not 256 GB. We'll see...
I don't think it will eithe rsince prices are still quite high and regular HDs are so affordable more then ever.
HD's have moving platters SSD's are solid state, no moving parts that is a big advantage in a laptop or a portable media player. a hard disks moving parts are all points of failure for the device.
LOL...love vintage adds =P.
I doubt 2008 will be the year of the SSD, maybe mid 2009 possibly. But honestly, I want a FusionIO...Has anyone seen these?
It should be on the verge of release. Damn, that would pretty much eliminate the hard drive bottle necks >_<. Expensive as hell though atm, $30 per gb. They aren't designing it for os drive based usages yet till later...But still damn amazing.