Over 50% of All Notebooks to have Flash Storage by 2010

More than half of new notebooks to use Flash drives by Q4 2009,

shouts the headline on market watcher iSuppli’s latest missive, before admitting soon after that, actually, it’s counting not just solid-state drives but also regular HDDs with integrated Flash cache and separate caches like Intel’s Turbo Memory module.

Still, it shows that non-volatile storage chips are going play an increasingly important part in laptop design going forward from the handful – if that – of machines available today with built-in Flash.

iSuppli reckons 143,600 notebooks and UMPCs were sent out by manufacturers in Q1. By Q4 2009, the figure will have increased to 24m devices – almost 60 per cent of the 40.1m mobile computers the researcher believes will be bought in that far-off quarter.

Driving it all are falling Flash prices, but 1GB of Flash chippery is still going to cost 14 times as much as 1GB of hard drive space in Q1 2009. That said, the price is disproportionately cheaper at the lower reaches of the Flash market: 8GB, say, will cost less than half the price of 16GB, and much less than a quarter of what 32GB will set you back…

Full Article – Reg Hardware.co.uk

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