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SSD prices plummet again, close in on HDDs

Lucas Mearian | March 4, 2016
Prices dropped by 12 percent. in just the last quarter alone

"This growth can be attributed to the advantages of PCIe, which include high speed, enhanced performance scaling, and detailed error detection and reporting," the report said. "Thus, the demand for SSDs with PCIe interface is expected to increase from the client as well as enterprise end users."

Samsung, according to TrendForce, will continue to dominate the SSD market this year because of a price advantage it has with TLC-based SSDs using 3D-NAND flash, which Samsung markets as V-NAND. V-NAND stacks silicon cells up to 48-layers high to increase density, thereby reducing cost.

Samsung Electronics announced this week that it's shipping the industry's highest-capacity SSD, the 15.36TB PM1633a, which uses its V-NAND TLC flash memory.

Other SSDs makers, including SanDisk, Liteon, Toshiba and SK Hynix, are ramping production of 15nm and 16nm process TLC SSDs in an attempt to catch Samsung. While most SSD makers have their own versions of 3D NAND, currently only Samsung is mass producing them, TrendForce said.

Competing brands will not ship their first-generation 3D NAND SSD products until the second half of 2016 at the earliest.


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