High prices hamper higher penetration
In spite of the clear advantages of solid state storage over
traditional mechanical hard drives, SSDs are simply not taking off in
According to a DRAMeXchange report, SSDs
will be used in just 1 to 1.5 percent of all notebooks shipped in 2009.
The share is significantly higher in netbooks, as some 10 percent of
all units shipped will feature solid state storage. Bear in mind that
most SSDs used in netbooks are nothing more than glorified USB sticks -
relatively small and very slow.
The main reason for such poor market penetration is obviously the higer
price, which outweighs the benefits of using SSDs in notebooks.
Although SSDs are silent, more reliable, faster and more power
efficient than HDDs, most consumers don't feel they are worth the
premium. At the moment, an average 64GB solid state drive used in
notebooks costs as much as a 500GB 2.5-inch hard drive.
SSD prices are dropping, and healthy fpr netbooks and thin and light
notebooks will probably speed up adoption rates, especially once 30nm
drives become available.