Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Tuesday April 04, 2017

SSD Prices Could See a Steep Decline in 2018

This is technically just a normalization of costs, but SSD prices, which are currently being inflated by NAND flash shortages, are expected to revert to standard levels next year. Depending on the availability of 3D NAND, however, we may see decreases even sooner than that, particularly for simpler drives such as TLC-based SSDs.

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According to Trendfocus, SSD pricing has jumped by as much as 36 percent in some places. The market research firm expects that price increases will be the norm throughout the rest of 2017, but once 2018 rolls around, prices could go into a free fall and return to where they were before they started rising in the first place. There is also a chance that prices could ease before then. That will depend on whether chipmakers are able to ramp up 3D NAND flash memory production in time for the back-to-school season.