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85 Percent of Ultrabooks Integrate SSDs by End of 2012

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Ultrabooks are clearly shaping up as the PC form factor SSD makers have been waiting for.

A new report projects SSDs to hit 85 percent market share in this class of devices by the end of the year.

DRAMeXChange forecasts that the high penetration rate will fuel SSDs sales and drive the market up by 60 percent to about $3 billion in 2012. According to the report, SSDs are not likely to be only mass storage device in ultrabooks, but will be integrated as hybrid storage solutions to enable lower price points. The main use of SSDs will come as boot drives in the form of 24 GB and 32 GB SSDs, while the traditional hard drive will be employed as mass storage device.

Despite growing industry concern of price erosion in the NAND flash industry, it appears that supply and demand has come into a more reasonable balance lately as the market has seen price stabilization and even a slight uptick lately. The spot market in Taiwan is currently at $4.40 for a 64 Gb chip, at $2.61 for a 32 Gb chip and at $1.86 for a 16 Gb chip.


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    guess who , September 28, 2012 8:58 PM
    I thought the Ultrabook label REQUIRED a SSD
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    spentshells , September 28, 2012 8:49 PM
    for the price of them they should all have large ssd
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    master_chen , September 28, 2012 8:30 PM
    Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!
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  • 10 Hide
    spentshells , September 28, 2012 8:49 PM
    for the price of them they should all have large ssd
  • 14 Hide
    guess who , September 28, 2012 8:58 PM
    I thought the Ultrabook label REQUIRED a SSD
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    reprotected , September 28, 2012 10:32 PM
    "LOL SCREW MACBOOK AIR, ULTRABOOK AND OBJECTDOCK FTW."
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    Anonymous , September 28, 2012 10:39 PM
    Yes, Now OEMs! Build an ultrabook/etherbook (chipzilla TB->$$$$) with a 10 Gigabit ethernet port! Does anyone have any statistics on thunderbolt adoption?
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    A Bad Day , September 29, 2012 12:56 AM
    Any news on the Ultrathins?
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    SteelCity1981 , September 29, 2012 1:25 AM
    it's only a matter of time when we see SSD's become the boot and main storage in utlra books. 240gb SSD's are already dipping below 200 dollars now which a size that large is adequate enough for most common users.
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    eternalkp , September 29, 2012 3:08 AM
    i'm surprised apple is not suing these company for making a slick looking laptop
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    ipwn3r456 , September 29, 2012 3:18 AM
    "$4.40 for a 64 Gb chip"... How come we are still seeing $60 for a 64 GB SSD?
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    4trees , September 29, 2012 3:35 AM
    ME (talking to an empty chair): So, possibly it may be time for another HDD to come along and solve the problem of power usage in our ultra books.
    IMAGINARY CLINT: .....
    ME: So how do you plan on handling the problem of 2 hour battery life?
    IMAGINARY CLINT:...
    ME: Oh, so you dont plan on handling the problem? Well.... What do you mean shut up? I thought it was just because somebody had the stupid idea of running disk drives in every Ultra book for the next 10 years.
    .....
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    agnickolov , September 29, 2012 5:19 AM
    ipwn3r456"$4.40 for a 64 Gb chip"... How come we are still seeing $60 for a 64 GB SSD?

    You can do the math yourself: 8 x $4.40 = $35.20 just for the flash in your 64GB SSD. Then you add the board, controller, SATA port, casing etc. plus labor costs, marketing costs, transportation costs...
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    DirectXtreme , September 29, 2012 3:40 PM
    ipwn3r456"$4.40 for a 64 Gb chip"... How come we are still seeing $60 for a 64 GB SSD?

    64 Gb = 8 GB (8 bits = 1 Byte). So the NAND flash for your SSD actually costs $35.20 like the other guy said.
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    Anonymous , September 30, 2012 2:14 AM
    Well goodness I hope they come with SSDs. They are ultra-books after all. One doesn't pay the high price for noth'in.