Silicon Motion is a company on the move. It has several recent design wins to supply controllers to large NAND flash fabs that sell SSDs in large volumes. SanDisk and Crucial already have products on the market, and it's rumored that Intel will release a product with a Silicon Motion controller soon.
The SM2246EN processor ships in Crucial's BX100 as well as other products. Moreover, the new SM2246XT four-channel DRAM-less design was just announced for SanDisk's Z400s. And prior to Computex we detailed the successor to the SM2246EN, the SM2256. It was designed for three-bit-per-cell flash.
Silicon Motion's next step is to move into the PCIe arena. The SM2260 is a four-lane PCIe 3.0 controller designed to support MLC and TLC flash. Performance should be around 2200 MB/s sequential read and 1000 MB/s sequential write speeds. To date, most of Silicon Motion's controllers have been four-channel designs; this may be the company's first eight-channel effort. If so, capacity could double in M.2 22110 form factor products.
SSDs are still no archival media, and they will corrupt after a year or two without power. But if you are the sort of person who travels a lot and unplugs your PC for 2-3 months at a time then it is not a real concern anymore.
I'm so out of touch that I didn't even know that was "a thing"
Really? 5 years ago? Because I've gone on vacation for about a month and my Windows wont even start anymore. And that was about a year ago. Heard a rumor that the 3D stacking technology thing managed to eliminate this problem and i was waiting for some more good news about that before buying a new SSD.
A $60 240GB SSD is the reason why you don't feel a big performance increase over your HDD.
But how old was the SSD? The model, not the particular one that you own.