Seagate joining SSD market next year
SSDs are not price-competitive yet,” Watkins said. The storage market is driven by cost per gigabyte, and though SSDs provide benefits such as power savings, they won’t be in laptops in the next few years, Watkins said. Low-power consumption capabilities and high speeds make SSDs useful for laptops, but the cost per gigabyte won’t come down at least for the next few years, Watkins said.
“If the cost per gigabyte comes down to 10 cents, maybe,” Seagate will focus on SSD storage for consumers, Watkins said.
A 128GB SSD costs $460, or $3.58 per gigabyte, compared to $60 for a 160GB hard drive, said Krishna Chander, senior analyst at iSuppli.
“It will take three to four years for SSDs to come to parity with hard drives,” on price and reliability, Chander said.