Memory makers: SSDs to be mainstream in 2011

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Various memory makers recently gathered in Taipei to explore the possibilities of establishing common standards for IT industries in China and Taiwan, and apparently, the group touched on SSD adoption. According to DigiTimes, the participants expect NAND flash prices to fall significantly in as chip suppliers transition to 20nm parts.

This would ultimately bring SSDs down to a more affordable level, but the attendees do not expect flash-based drives to achieve penetration in the PC market before 2011. In the meantime, representatives of China's industry are urging companies to develop and standardize SSD specifications to challenge core technologies currently controlled by major international vendors.

The two-day conference ended yesterday, and participants included top executives from Taiwan and China-based companies, such as A-Data Technology, Condel Technology, JMicron Technology, and Silicon Motion Technology. Mark Lai, compliance committee director for the Solid State Drive Alliance (SSDA), also attended.

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