Posted by: MemoryFest« on: July 13, 2012, 14:32:52 »
Likewise, NAND needs to become cheaper to PRODUCE before prices decline at such an extreme rate. TLC NAND will reduce the price per GB, but reduce the number of NAND chips sold. Reducing production of MLC NAND could be an option. I believe many people are willing to pay a premium for the reliability of SLC NAND, just not the premium that enterprise solutions have been charging. $7/GB is a little overkill for an SLC drive, I would pay 2-3 times the MLC price for the reassurance of never having to worry about the life of the drive.
I think that some demand will be realized as SSD's are accepted as reliable data storage throughout the entire storage industry, mainly large datacenters. Also, the implementation of new interfaces are important. Once there is a new SATA interface to match the new SAS 12GB/s interface and the ONFI 3.0 and Toggle DDR 2.0 specification NAND reach SSDs to support it, there should be more demand.
There is another hindrance to demand; software. Software is working against the hardware manufacturers. It used to be that every few years a new OS (Windows) came out that required the latest hardware to run with a reasonable user experience. Many people still use WinXP, simply because Vista and Win7 didn't offer any perceived revolutionary change that they needed. Now, in the Smartphone/Tablet age, desktop software is becoming more efficient, while smartphone and tablet software is getting bulkier. There has not been enough innovation in the software companies to efficiently make full use of the latest desktop hardware. The main exception being the gaming industry.
Lastly, desktop and laptop manufacturers need to incorporate SSDs into more of their systems for demand to go up. Currently, it is only ultrabooks that have them by default, and on many other systems it is a ridiculous mark-up price. To replace a $70 HDD with a $150 SDD (MSRP), they charge you a $230 upgrade price. That's paying $150 extra to have a girl in China that gets paid $1 an hour to spend 5 minutes to swap out the drive. Many people won't upgrade their own computers after they purchase them though, so that ridiculous mark-up when purchasing a computer prevents the sale of a lot of SSDs (RAM as well).