JMicron controller to significantly lower SSD prices

By on June 1, 2009, 7:12 PM
Solid state drives have come a long way both in terms of performance and capacity. Prices have come down significantly as well yet compared to traditional storage solutions they are hardly ever justifiable for the average user. JMicron intends to take a big step towards changing that, with claims that it has come up with a breakthrough design which could see current prices slashed by up to 50 percent.

Dubbed JMF612, the new NAND flash controller uses an ARM9 core in a 289-ball TFBGA package, and will support the use of up to 256MB of DDR or DDR2 DRAM as an external cache. It should also address the frustrating performance issues that plagued the company’s previous JMF602 controller and make drives easier to manufacture. This, combined with higher flash densities made possible by 32nm NAND technology, will reportedly see a “new generation” of SSDs come to market for half their current prices by the end of 2009.

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complexxL9 complexxL9 said:

Finally some good news

If SSD go at least 30% cheaper it's gonna be worth considering having one for OS at least for me. As for now SSD are just a nice thing to read about

Captain828 Captain828 said:

SSDs are the future, yet, like traditional HDDs, they have a long way to get mainstream.

For ~$100 you can now get 1TB of storage if not more. For ~$700 you can get a 256GB SSD, the largest capacity available.

Even if prices get halved, for $350 you could get 3.5TB of storage OR a 256GB SSD. It sure makes sense buying the SSD...

They might start having a market in the enthusiast sector, competing with WD's Velociraptor.

Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

@Captain828 Your price analysis is correct, by the time you hit a sweet spot between getting 2.5TB for $200 or a 256GB SSD drive that is about twice as fast, many will be jumping on the SSD bandwagon. But until then only early adopters and enthusiasts will feel buying a SSD drive is worth the price.

I personally went for the 160gb Intel X25-M drive =)

NeoFlux said:

Even with the pricedrop like this, I don't see "Mainstream SSD" entering the market soon (year or two) ... but I hope I'm wrong.

windmill007 said:

Well you can get a OCZ Vortex for around $100. Sure only 30GB storage but wow. My computers acts like its from the future.Once people use a SSD there is no going back. My WD 7200 640GB 32MB cache raid 0 array seems so slow compared to this single drive now. I mean windows boots within 20 seconds and if I click on anything its instantly there. Amazing!

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