In the near future, hard disk drives (HDD) may face legitimate competition in the mobile computer mass storage market as Flash-based solid state drives (SSD) stand ready in the wings, reports In-Stat, a high-tech market research firm. In fact, SSDs have the potential to dethrone HDD as the top laptop storage choice within 10 years. The research leads In-Stat to believe that the SSD market share in mobile computers could reach 50% by 2013.
The HDD industry has done a phenomenal job of driving areal densities. However, it is clear that there are user segments for which drive capacities far exceed the user’s need. When one examines the declining cost trends for Flash, the user’s need for storage and the premium that consumers place on the benefits provided by SSDs, it is easy to see that there will be a clear demand for SSDs.