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2013 is destined to become the 'year of the SSD'

2013 is set to be the 'year of the SSD' thanks to Ultrabooks and ultra-thin PCs

By Anthony Garreffa on Jan 26, 2013 01:35 am CST - 1 min, 23 secs reading time

I have multiple systems here in my home office, and every single one of them features an SSD or three. I can't stand to use mechanically-driven storage drives as my OS drives anymore, and with the price dropping almost on a weekly basis, most users are doing the same.

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According to IHS analyst, Ryan Chien, the "fate of the SSD business is closely tied to the market for Ultrabooks and other ultra-thin PCs that use cache drives." The SSD market is set to really expand this year thanks to the push of Ultrabooks and other new form factors, such as SFF and Intel's NUC-type systems.

According to IHS' Storage Space Market Brief, worldwide shipments of SSDs will go from 39 million units in 2011 to 83 million units this year. By 2016, we should be in a world where 239 million SSDs are shipped, which will represent around 40% of the entire HDD market in that year. This is all thanks to the constantly declining price of SSDs, which is helping them get pushed into more and more systems and new form factors thanks to its low-power consumption, noise and heat.

Chien also stated that SSD shipments increased by 124% in 2012, with projected growth actually higher than these numbers. This, according to Chien, is in result to the lackluster sales of Ultrabooks, "due to poor marketing, high prices and lack of appealing features".

The average selling price of NAND flash memory has dropped significantly, which has helped PC manufacturers to push SSDs into their systems more willingly. The report also stated that improvements within nonvolatile memories such as STT-RAM and resistive RAM also indicate performance improvements far beyond the capabilities of NAND flash memory.

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

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