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85 Percent of Ultrabooks Integrate SSDs by End of 2012

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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  • master_chen
    Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!
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  • spentshells
    for the price of them they should all have large ssd
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  • guess who
    I thought the Ultrabook label REQUIRED a SSD
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  • reprotected
    "LOL SCREW MACBOOK AIR, ULTRABOOK AND OBJECTDOCK FTW."
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  • 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
    Any news on the Ultrathins?
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  • SteelCity1981
    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
    i'm surprised apple is not suing these company for making a slick looking laptop
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  • ipwn3r456
    "$4.40 for a 64 Gb chip"... How come we are still seeing $60 for a 64 GB SSD?
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  • 4trees
    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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