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Flash-based SSD to boot out HDD in laptop computers

Posted: 19 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:In-Stat? hard disk drives? HDD? solid state drives? SDD?

Hard disk drives (HDD) may face legitimate competition in the mobile computer mass storage market from flash-based solid state drives (SSD), particularly in laptop computers, according to a study by market research firm In-Stat.

The firm projects solid state drives to reside in 50 percent of mobile computers by 2013, and possibly replace HDD as the preferred storage medium in laptop computers within ten years.

"The HDD industry has done a phenomenal job of driving areal densities; however, it is clear that there are user segments for which drive capacities far exceed the user's need," said In-Stat analyst Frank Dickson. "When one examines the declining cost trends for flash, the user's need for storage and the premium that consumers place on the benefits provided by SSDs, it is easy to see that there will be a clear demand for SSDs."

In-Stat added that a consumer survey found two-thirds of respondents to be comfortable with paying extra for SSDs in mobile computers. The survey added respondents believe power savings is the most important aspect of flash drives.

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