Samsung's new 1TB TLC SSD came online on sites such as Pricegrabber.com for $599, well below the 80 cents per gigabyte that traditional two-bit MLC flash costs.
"Given how the value of Samsung's recent TLC SSD is being widely praised within the market, a number of SSD vendors have begun developing similar products that are geared towards 2014," Chen said. "With concerns looming over the general life span and data retention of TLC SSDs, the PC [makers] are likely to only apply the component in their lower-end products during the initial phases."
Given that TLC SSDs can compete effectively against solid-state hybrid drives, which combine NAND flash cache with a traditional spinning disk, TrendForce predicts that the competition among the three formats will become more intense.
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