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In-Stat Says SSDs on Way

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Although Solid State Drives (SSDs) will penetrate no more than 6% of the PC market by 2011, they are poised for extraordinary growth in this market from nearly nothing in 2006 to 24 million units in 2011, reports In-Stat ( Most of the growth will come in the Ultra-Mobile Device (UMD) market, which includes the UMPC and MID platforms, according to the high-tech market research firm.

There are few compelling reasons for most PC purchasers to pay more money for less storage than they can get using an HDD, so In-Stat expects HDDs and Hybrid Drives to continue to outweigh SSDs in these applications for at least the next several years,” says Jim McGregor, In-Stat analyst. “Nevertheless, SSDs’ advantages in lower power, higher reliability, lower noise, and faster access than HDDs, in an extremely durable unit, make for rapid growth in some markets, especially in military and industrial UMDs.”

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • The higher price of an SSD will limit its acceptance until it approaches parity with HDDs.
  • HDDs are on a price decline curve similar to that of SSDs.
  • Military and industrial designers will always prefer SSDs to HDDs.