“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,” said Frank Dickson, In-Stat analyst.
Their research was apparently gained primarily from the opinion of people using mobile devices. We're already starting to see some hybrid technologies roll out, and even some pure flash-based disks (such as Gigabyte's PCI-attached flash disk). A full-sized laptop HDD with 40 gigs of flash space may not be that far off.
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