Over Half of Notebooks to Use Flash by Q4 2009

iSuppli Corporation has concluded that the use of NAND flash memory in notebooks is expected to increase sharply in the next few years: nearly 60% percent of the 40.1 million notebooks that will be shipped during Q4 2009 will have some means of flash storage onboard. "In 2003, 1Gbyte of NAND flash memory was nearly 100 times as expensive as an equivalent quantity of HDD storage, according to iSuppli. By 2009, that price gap will dwindle to a factor of slightly less than 14," said Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for computer platforms at iSuppli.

iSuppli projects that 54% of the ultra-portable notebook market will feature HDDs while 28% will use SSDs by Q4 2009. 58% of mainstream notebooks will use HDDs while 25% will use SSDs. Recent research from DataQuest shows that SSD pricing will steadily decline in the next three years. Currently, 1.8" SSDs are five times more expensive as traditional 1.8" HDDs. By 2010, SSDs will be roughly three times as expensive.

News source: DailyTech

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I'd like to see them try something like this. "Traditional" hard drive for long term storage,
flash drive for booting the OS, running software etc. Some sort of "mega" prefetch cache.
I've noticed that after running several apps in Vista, on the next boot, the hard drive tends
to cache those apps, which obviously launch faster. Couldn't the same thing be done with
a flash & hard drive? Hard drive stays off unless needed, then powers up to either send
the needed data to the flash drive, or record data from the hard drive. Also, if the computer
sensed a problem in the flash drive, it would record the data to the hard drive.
I don't know a lot about it, just an idea.....

This is slightly misleading. It implies that notebooks will be using flash hard drives when it's mainly talking about hybrid hard disks. It'll be until at least 2011 before SSD drives make a real run against regular hard drives in terms of market share.