Tuesday OCZ Technology said that it's the first SSD manufacturer to successfully complete the transition to 2Xnm NAND flash-based storage solutions.
For consumers this is definitely good news, as the die-shrink should bring SSD prices down to a more consumer-friendly level. As it stands now, SSDs are expensive alternatives to hard drives, costing more dollars per gigabyte despite being more reliable on a hardware level. But with lower price points, system builders could be apt to create SSD-only solutions more so than before.
"OCZ is constantly exploring ways to not just advance solid state drive design but also make the technology more affordable, while maintaining high performance and reliability standards," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. "We are excited to complete the transition to the next generation 2Xnm NAND components which reiterates our strategy of producing high performance SSDs at the most attractive price point available for consumer applications."
Consumers who want to purchase OCZ SSDs using the older flash technology can still do so, but they will come with a higher per-gigabyte pricetag than their 2Xnm counterparts. "All of OCZ’s 2Xnm-based SSDs carry the same warranty as the earlier 3Xnm versions, and it is the Company’s objective to continue to deliver the very best balance of affordability, performance, and capacity to ensure an optimal computing experience," OCZ added.
OCZ didn't specify when the new 2Xnm SSDs will arrive, so stay tuned.