Solid State Drive Adoption – Roadmap to 2023

Which way do you go? Conventional hard drive or SSD ?  Here’s an interesting post about SSD hard drives.

Solid state drive adoption will continue to develop and it’ll be more than 10 years before it is ultimately replaced by a fresh memory technology, experts said.

SSDs are getting more attractive as NAND flash gets cheaper and faster, as it provides flexibility in use as a RAM or harddrive option, mentioned attendees and speakers in the Hot Chips conference in Stanford, California on Sunday.

Emerging memory sorts under development like phasechange memory (PCM), RRAM (resistive random access memory) and MRAM (magnetoresistive RAM) may show promise with faster speed and durability, but it will be several years till they may be manufactured in quantity and are priced competitively to replace NAND flash storage.

SSDs constructed on flash memory are now considered an option to spinning hard drives, that have reached their speed limit. Mobile phones have moved over to memory sticks, as well as a considerable number of light and thin ultrabooks are switching to SSDs, which are smaller, faster and more power efficient. But, the enterprise market still relies largely on spinning disks, and SSDs are poised to replace hard disks in server infrastructure, experts said. One of many grounds: SSDs are still more expensive than hard disks, although flash cost is coming down fast.

“It will probably be a number of years until NAND flash runs out of steam,” said Jim Handy, an analyst at Objective Evaluation, during a presentation.

Handy predicted that NAND flash will probably be changed by 2023 or beyond. The capacity of SSDs is expanding as NAND flash geometries get smaller, so scaling down flash will wind up tough, which will increase the demand for a brand new form of non volatile memory that will not rely on transistors.

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