SSD Prices Could Drop Over 50 Percent In 2019 - Report

Credit: AdataCredit: AdataAccording to a DigiTimes report citing "industry sources" this week, NAND flash prices are expected to continue to drop in 2019 after already seeing a 50 percent drop this year. Earlier reports said that SSD prices could fall to as low as $0.08 per GB in 2019. 

SSD Prices In Freefall

The DigiTimes report noted that the continued drop in prices seems to be primarily due to SSD manufacturers expanding their production capacity to increase profitability, as well as the adoption of 96-layer NAND technology. The technology allows for denser SSDs and, therefore, cheaper storage.

Simon Chen, chairman of Adata Technology, a well-known DRAM and SSD maker from Taiwan, said that flash makers have not only continued to increase production capacities for their flash storage facilities, but that NAND flash products may actually see larger drops in prices next year compared to this year.

Mass-Produced 96-Layer SSDs Are Coming

Many of the flash storage vendors are expected to begin mass production of 96-layer 3D NAND SSDs in the first half of 2019. Most of them are building capacities for manufacturing 50,000-100,000 96-layer 3D NAND chips per month, while China's Yangtze Memory Technology is expected to reach a production capacity of 150,000 chips per month.

The same price drops don’t seem to be expected in the DRAM market, primarily because there seems to be less competition there. The top three DRAM chipmakers (Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron) don’t intend to expand the capacity too much in 2019, even though there will be increased demand for DRAM for gaming systems, data centers and the automotive industry, according to Chen.

In September, it was reported that Samsung will limit DRAM production in 2019, maintaining the current high prices for its DRAM.

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  • alextheblue
    Well now, that's something to look forward to.
  • Tanyac
    Excellent news. SSDs are currently selling at 15 times the cost of a HDD. So that would bring them down to 8 times the cost of HDD. A step in the right direction. (Example; Seagate ST10000VN004 sells here for $431, $43/TB. a 1TB 970 Pro sells for $649 per TB)...
  • USAFRet
    Anonymous said:
    Excellent news. SSDs are currently selling at 15 times the cost of a HDD. So that would bring them down to 8 times the cost of HDD. A step in the right direction. (Example; Seagate ST10000VN004 sells here for $431, $43/TB. a 1TB 970 Pro sells for $649 per TB)...


    You're comparing apples and oranges.
    970 Pro?

    I don't know about your market, but here in the US, not nearly that bad.
    All 1TB:

    HDD
    WD Blue, $46
    https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Cache-Desktop-Drive-WD10EZEX/dp/B0088PUEPK

    SATA III SDD
    Samsung 860 EVO, $163
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078DPCY3T

    NVMe
    Samsung 970 EVO, $278
    https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-970-EVO-1TB-MZ-V7E1T0BW/dp/B07BN217QG

    Samsung 970 Pro, $395
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BYHGNB5