Windows 8 to mainstream solid-state drives, says analyst

Cheaper flash, Windows 8 means more SSD this year, says analyst IHS iSuppli.

New Windows 8 touchscreen ultrabooks like Acer's 11.6-inch Aspire S7 come standard with solid-state drives.

New Windows 8 touchscreen ultrabooks like Acer’s 11.6-inch Aspire S7 come standard with solid-state drives.

(Credit: Acer)

This could be the year of the solid-state drive.
Newfangled super-thin Windows 8 devices, and that the prices of flash memory could double the size of the solid state drive market, according to a research note today from IHS iSuppli.

“The new wave of ultrabooks loads of Windows 8 has begun to generate enthusiasm,” wrote Ryan Chien, analyst for memory and storage at IHS, adding that a growing interest in laptops, hybrids, and tablets may conspire with prices Flash memory fall to drive demand.

Worldwide SSD shipments are expected to rise to 83 million units this year, up from 39 million in 2012, according to Chien. By 2016, shipments are expected to hit 239 million units, accounting for about 40 percent of the size of the hard disk drive (HDD) market.

“[The] average selling prices for NAND flash memory dropped in the process of establishing new price expectations [and] a growing number of PC manufacturers … now I’m more willing to install once expensive disks in computers “he said in the research note.

Micron Technology, for example, recently announced a terabyte-class SSDs with the Crucial brand for less than $ 600. Although it is not a bargain compared to a magnetic disk drive 1TB is a lot ‘cheaper than a 1TB SSD than once. An SSD packing that kind of capacity for only a year ago cost more than the price of a high-end laptop.

SSDs are typically much faster than conventional spinning hard drive and have become a staple of drawings as thin as the MacBook Air, Acer Aspire S7, Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook, and Microsoft tablets of the surface. Players often opt for SSD in extreme system performance.

And this is a forecast iSuppli, builds on the popularity of Windows 8 computer. “The fate of the SSD business is closely linked to the market for ultra-thin Ultrabooks and other PC [using these units],” Chien wrote.

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